Sunday, 21 July 2013


1930s peplem
1940s detatchable peplums

I'm late to the 2012 peplum trend but then it had me thinking is it really a trend if it has been around over the decades?

1940's gown with peplum {Source}
It was the it fashion feature in the early twentieth century as part of jackets, dresses and interchangeable as detachable peplums.

Sew, what is a peplum?


  1. A short flared, gathered, or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist of a woman's jacket, dress, or blouse.
  2. (in ancient Greece) A woman's loose outer tunic or shawl.

The 1950s peplum
The nineteen forties were the hay-day of peplums.

Oh wait, the 1950 certainly celebrated the peplum for its ability to make waistlines appear smaller and hips to appear curvier.

The 1960s peplum
Peplums continued to appear in the sixties despite the fashions of the mods and hippy movement being the it look.

1960s Peplum blouse

1980s peplum
The 80s peplum

The peplum continued to appear in the 1970s but it was in the 1980s that it was popularized again. Valentino interpreted the peplum with bold padding and exaggerated decorated bows.

The 1990s
The 1990s peplum shirt
The peplum took a more streamline look in the
1990s but it never left the fashion landscape.

The peplum continues to grace the fashion landscape.

Sew, is it really a trend? Or can we consider the peplum a classic?

Happy Sewing!


  1. I love peplums! Thanks for this overview. Peplums were a classic to me, but I do see a difference through the decades. So I guess it's the way it's attached and drapes, not the peplum itself, that makes it modern fashion during a certain period.

  2. I don't know why, but I always associated peplums with riding habits and such- they always make me feel swishy and girly and classic.


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