If You Have Not, Yourself, Worn a Bandage Dress, You Have Probably Seen a Bandage Dress—On a Celebrity, On a Reality Tv Character, On a Model, In a Magazine, In The Wild. The Clingy Dress, Most Iconically Associated With The Designer Herve Leger —Composed Of Spandex Strips Sewn Together, Strategically, To Smooth And Mold a Woman’s Body—Represents, Regardless Of Its Color Or Cut Or Length, a Marriage Of Secrets And Openness. It Shapes Openly And Unapologetically, Undergarment And Garment Fused Into One. In That, The Bandage Dress Acknowledges The Obvious: That Women Have Not Just “Curves,” The Geometric Phenomenon, But Flesh, The Human One. The Dress Would Look Terrible On a Mannequin; It Can Look Wonderful, However, On An Actual Woman, Warm And Real And Voluminous. Whether You Like The Bandage Dress Or Not, As a Style Or As a Cultural Phenomenon, There’s Something Quite Productive About That Fact.


So It Was Frustrating When, Over The Weekend, Patrick Couderc, The U.K. Managing Director Of Herve Leger Dresses, Was Quoted Condemning “Voluptuous” Women For Wearing The Label’s Body-Hugging Creations. Women With “Very Prominent Hips And a Very Flat Chest,” Couderc Said, Should Not Wear The Brand’s Iconic Dresses. (Nor, He Added, Should Lesbians—Who, He Claimed, “Would Want To Be Rather Butch And Leisurely.”)

In Other Words: To Wear a Bandage Dress, According To a Man Charged With Marketing Bandage Dresses, You Have To Have Curves, But Not Too Many Of Them. You Have To Have Flesh, But For Heaven’s Sake, Not Too Much Of It.


Bandage Dresses First Became Popular In The Early 1980s, When The “King Of Cling” Azzedine Alaia Introduced Them, And Ascended Again In The Mid-’80s, When Leger—The Designer Most Often Given Credit For Bringing Them Into The Mainstream—Launched a New Line.


 They Were Brought Back Into Style In 2007, When The Bcbg Max Azria Group, Which Bought The Herve Leger Gown Brand In 1998, Reintroduced The Iconic Dresses In a Series Of New Colors And Patterns And Shapes.


The Bandage Dresses, And The Body-Con Trend They Brought About, Have Proven Enduring, Not Just On Runways And Red Carpets, But On The Street. They Are Both a Cause And a Result Of a Cultural Period That Has Made a Point Of Emphasizing, Rather Than Downplaying, Women’s Curves.

So The Bandage Dress Is a Story Of High Fashion Distilled Into Everyday Style—And, By Extension, The Story Of Fashion’s Ability To Flatten And Spread Itself Across The Culture. What Happens On The Runways Of New York And Paris Will, If a Design Has Commercial And Cultural Appeal, Manifest In Magazines And Movies And Tv, Quickly Trickling Down To The Sales Floors Of Neiman Marcus And Macy’s And Zara And Forever 21. That Flattening Can Take Place With Body-Con Dresses Or With Pretty Much Anything Else In Fashion. And It Means That Trends, If People Respond To Them, Can Be Had Across Sizes. They Can Be Had Across Price Points. They Can Be Worn By Large People And Small People And Straight People And Gay People—By Anyone, Basically, Who Decides To Wear Them.



Which Also Means: Their Designs Can’t Be Patented. The Trends They Inspire Can’t Be Owned. Fashion Creators Can’t Decide How, Ultimately, Their Clothes Will Be Adopted By The Large Collective Of Individuals Who Have Such a Fraught Relationship With The High-End Houses: “Everyday People.”

Couderc’s Comments Are a Reminder, Though, Of How Often Fashion Creators Resist All That, And Of How Much Of The High-End Stuff Is Still Dictated By Designers’ Fascination With Tall, Skinny Women. Most Of Which Is, Still—Still!—Designed For Women Who Have Very Little Flesh. (On Project Runway, a Show That Pays Lip Service To Fashion’s Democratization, The Challenges That Inspire The Most Complaints From The Designer-Contestants Are Not The Ones That Ask Them To Construct Clothes Out Of Corn Husks/Seat Belts/Pet-Care Products; They’Re The Ones That Ask Them To Design Clothes For “Everyday Women” And Their Inconvenient Curves.) “Bodycon,” As a Style, Is Short For “Body Conscious,” But Couderc Seems To Want To Amend That To “Body Self-Conscious.” His Comments Speak To An Enduring, And Frustrating, Reality About The Relationship Between Women And The Clothes They Put On Every Day: That Fashion Isn’t, At The Top, Meant For Them. That Designers Can Be Not Just Forgetful Of The Women Who Ultimately Buy Their Work, But Resentful Of Them.


About a Year Ago I Discovered The Wonder That Is Herve Leger. Since Then, I'Ve Acquired 10 Dresses That Each Retail Anywhere From $950-$2250. Most Would Think, Based On That Information, That I Probably Do a Fair Share Of Clothes Shopping And Tend To Spend Much More Than Average On Clothing. But, That Is Simply Not True. Herve Leger Is Simply My Form Of Crack. And, Here Is Why...


If You Are On This Site, You Are Probably Already Familiar With Herve Leger Dresses. The Herve Leger Line Is Known For Its Skin Tight Bandage Dresses. These Dresses Are Oozing With Sex Appeal, Yet Exhibit Class. A Very Difficult Balance To Achieve!



These Dresses Are By Far The Classiest Yet Sexiest Dresses Ever! They Are Loved And Worn Very Frequently By Celebrities. Most Of Their Very Classic Designs Will Never Go Out Of Style. How Do I Know? Ask a Fashion Illiterate Male If It Is Hot! His Jaw Will Drop, And Then You'Ll Know. Take For Instance The Black Mini From Cindy Crawford. That Dress Is From The 90's But Definitely Very In! It's Not Uncommon To See Vintage Herve Leger On Celebrities As Well. It's Like a Classic Chanel Bag, Timeless...  


Herve Leger Dresses Guarantee Turning Heads, And Many Girls Will Ask Where Did That Dress Come From. Compliments Are Unavoidable When You Got One Of These Babies On!


Now a Bit Of History:


Herve Leger, The Original Creator, Was Born In Northern France In 1957. Somehow In 1980, He Ended Up In Paris Studying Under The Fashion Legend Karl Lagerfeld. After Many Years Of Working With Extremely Notable Designers Such As Lanvin, In 1989, He Created His Trademark Fabric, a Stretchy Combination That Would Fit Tightly Around a Woman's Curves.


In 1998, The Herve Leger Was Acquired By Bcbg Max Azria Group. In 2007, Max Azria Relaunched Herve Leger.



The Original Herve Leger Still Sells Couture Bandage Dresses,  But Now Under The Name Of Herve Leroux.


Herve Leger Bandage Dress Were Hugely Popular In The Early 90's. They Were First Seen Amongst Supermodels Like Tyra Banks And Cindy Crawford. Popularity Died Off After Manufacturing Of The Dresses Were Halted, But As Of The Recent Few Years When Bcbg Re-Introduced The Brand, Herve Leger Has Become Once Again One Of The Most Sought After Dresses.


Herve Leger Sale Are Extremely Recognizable. Under Camera, Many Of The Dresses Reflect a Seductive Sheen While Deliciously Enhancing The Wearer's Body.



Though Herve Leger Is Famous In The Fashion World, Very Few Know About The Brand's History. Herve Leger Dresses Have Only Been In Production From 1989-1997 And From 2008-Present.


"I Like To Make Women Look Beautiful, Who Want To Please And Be Noticed."

"Designing Clothes Is Not Really a Mystery, As Long As You Keep One Important Thing In Mind - The Body."



These Are Some Of My Favorite Quotes From Herve Peugnet, The Creator Of Herve Leger Dresses,They Explain Exactly Why So Many Women Love These Form-Fitting Dresses.


Herve Peugnet Has An Extremely Impressive Fashion Resume. At The Early Age Of 23, Fashion God, Karl Lagerfeld Recognized His Talent And Took Him Under His Training. During His Career, He Has Contributed To The Designs Of Chanel, Lanvin, Fendi, Diane Von Furstenburg, Chloe And Swarovski.


At Age 28, He Begins Working For Himself, Creating The Herve Leger Line. 4 Years Later, Bandage Dresses Were Born! They Were Inspired By His Experience In Designing Bathing Suits And Some Throwaway Seam Bindings. The First Bandage Dress Was Also The Finale Look Of Herve Leger's 1989 Runway Show. The Bandage Dress, Originally Called "Bender Dress" Became An Instant Sensation. They Were Called "Bender," Because They Molded The Body Into The Perfect Female Form.


Let's Take a Moment And Admire The Beauty Of Vintage Herve Leger Bandage Dresses


Before Herve Leger Was Acquired By Bcbg, Herve Peugnet Designed Some Very Exclusive Dresses. These Were Tagged Herve Leger Couture. A Mannequin Would Be Created Based On The Exact Measurements Of His Client. Then, Keeping The Client's Best Features In Mind, a Truly Special Dress Would Be Meticulously Made.



Because Herve Peugnet Was Not The Majority Holder Of Herve Leger, The Company Was Sold To Bcbg Is 1998. Shortly Thereafter, Bcbg Halts Production On Bender Dresses And Fires Herve Peugnet. Bender Dresses, Now Bandage Dresses Were Relaunched In 2008 Under Bcbg Max Azria Herve Leger. Many Today Do Not Realize That Herve Leger Dresses Were Around Much Earlier Than 2008. Herve Peugnet Still Designs Absolutely Beautiful Clothing. They Are Now Designed Under Herve Leroux, a Name That Was Suggested By His Dear Friend Karl Lagerfeld.