Once upon a time… it was a perfect outfit for racing, or for space explorers. It was the most beloved King Elvis’ outfit. It was loved by Elsa Schiaparelli and adored by Freddie Mercury. It appeared in “You Can Do It” feminist posters and in memorable images with David Bowie Ziggy Stardust. The jumpsuit has just demonstrated that it’s OK to have a crush on an overall. Anytime in the fashion history. (Photo up – detail Christian Dior).
Tibi, Tsolo Munkh, Joshua Millard
A short history…
- 1919 – seen on pilots and astronauts (Charles Lindberg and Neil Amstrong).
- 1920 – in Italy, the designer Thayat invented the actual shape of a jumpsuit (now the original is in Palazzo Pitti). At the same time, a similar model appeared in Russia, imagined by Rodchenko.
- 1930 – Elsa Schiaparelli made the jumpsuit fashionable.
- 1937 – Katherine Hepburn wrote history in Stage Door movie.
- 1942 – Vera Maxwell imagines a model worn by “Rosies” (the American workers in the second World War). Remember the iconic feminist poster with “You Can Do It!”?
- 1960 – the jumpsuit is the star in Yves Saint Laurent collections. Then, the designer Irene Galitzine imagined Palazzo, a comfortable jumpsuit seen on Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Onassis.
- 1970 – White jumpsuit is Elvis signature. Then, we can see the jumpsuit in “Saturday Night Fever”, at Freddie Mercury, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, in Studio 54, on Diana Ross, Bianca Jagger or Liza Mineli.
- 1980 – Colours, crazy shapes and decorations – remember Madonna?
- 1990 – Spice Girls, TLC, Britney Spears – they all had jumpsuits.
- 2000 – the jumpsuit is all over the red carpet on designers as Phoebe Philo and Stella McCartney and on Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart, Margot Robbie.
Isabel Marant, Sportmax, Stella McCartney
2018 – spring/summer: which are our favourites?
My love goes to the leather version seen at Christian Dior, that one with the racing vibe. But Tibi version, with the little colourful detail is wonderful, as well as the light one from Joshua Millard are on top, as well. I like a lot the sport meets urban models from Stella McCartney, Isabel Marant, Sportmax or the new designer Tsolo Munkh. But, if you go for classic (or for a party), the Alberta Ferretti black jumpsuit or Vanessa Seward are the best and the Paco Rabbanne sequin version is just dazzling. Jump for a jumpsuit!
Alberta Ferretti, Vanessa Seward, Pacco Rabanne
Photography: PR brands
10 (Snow) White outfits for the spring