The 1970s has been called the “Decade of Decadence” by many. Disco brought excess and decadence. The beautiful and glamorous people partied at the infamous nightclub Studio 54 in New York City and Halston’s draped jersey goddess dresses, kaftans and Ultrasuede were the perfect party clothes for a glamorous night of sin. It was in the 70s that the ‘Goddess dress’ emerged in this ultra- sexed avatar that has since continued to be a hallowed item for every fashionista worth her salt from New York to Siberia.
There is something earthy, youthful and insanely sensual about this ancient piece of cloth that is pegged at the shoulders and tied at the waist with braided leather, that utterly timeless yet modern. This was the dress of the Greek gods and there is that instant sense of freedom, abandon, everlasting youth, decadence and power when you wear that. The moment put it on you are Aphrodite, and the world is at your feet.
But one thing that you must posses if you are ever to don this garment is, balls! This dress is a celebration of your femininity and vitality and your sheer Goddessness. This dress is about SEX not about being SEXY. There is a difference. People mistake its intent often. Like my dear Anne so aptly said,
Sexy = Look at me!
Sex = This is me!
This is a style that works well with lean willowy frames but there are women who are voluptuous who has done complete justice to it because of their confidence and utter sensuality. You need character to carry off it’s boldness and celebrate its power.
One thing that gets me riled up and spewing fire is when I see the so called ‘desi’ versions of this dress emerging on the red carpet etc. Either due to conventions , lack of confidence, in laws or some bullshit being sexy and demure at the same time they take this dress and then put some god awful bra pads, tape the sides or worse put netting to cover the cleavage or some other drapery shit and fuck the Manish Malhothra out of it. There are a million other styles to do all that and keep your so called morals, reputation and vagina’s intact. This is NOT the dress for it. This dress is to celebrate your spirit, beauty and your power as a female. So be fearless!
So here is my list of the most droll-worthy goddess dresses ever, worn with great aplomb by our modern day goddesses.
No one can ever forget this image, especially if you are a man. Sexy, fun and complete abandon.
Liz Taylor has the type of hotness that sets car alarms off when she steps out of a building.
In my books she can do no wrong. And this is such an age appropriate classy way to do bold. Perfect.
She descended from mount Olympus straight to the Kodak Theater. Amazing!
I actually applaud her and given her age for being bold and doing complete justice to this look.
Fun fearless, female. She has her own brand of sexiness and she always does it her way.
In Vintage Halston. Respect!!
The original supermodel. I love this woman.
Marisa Brenson, Elsa Peretti, Diana Ross
True icons of the 70’s . The sheer fluidity of their bodies and the sensuality still amazes me.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
I give her props for keeping it sexy yet royal.
Round of applause for her confidence and sheer loveliness. She looked bloody amazing.
She fucking owned the red carpet in that. I really felt sorry or all the other women that year.
Mr. and Mrs Smith Premier. There was no chance, absolutely none for Brad. He was dead the moment he set eyes on her.
Hot, HOT HHHHHOOOOOOOOTTT!!
It is actually against the law to be this hot.
Come Hither means this.
Dressed by Halston , Those toned arms alone are enough.
The one and only Bianca Jagger. Studio 54 was a fashion milestone because of her. And being Bianca she goes for the original not an inspired version. This is pure sex!!! in it’s complete unadulterated form.
and at last sighhhh…
I am still looking for this EXACT dress and I want this exact body. This is from the 70’s and nothing today can touch it’s modernity. What a body, what a woman. It’s cool and scorching hot at the same time. How is that even possible???