The art of draping dates back to 3500 BCE, beginning with the Mesopotamians and Ancient Egyptians. Greek fashion followed with the invention of draped silhouettes like the chiton, peplos, chlamys and himation. The Etruscans and Ancient Romans invented the toga, a length of fabric that wraps and drapes around the body.

Designers throughout fashion history have furthered the exploration of shape and fit using this method. Favorites include Madeline Vionnet, Cristobal Balenciaga, and Halston. But we can see draping in historical fashion from Egyptian, to Grecian to Japanese.

Outfit by Chanel Resort 2018
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