An infinity dress, also called a convertible dress, is simply a fantasy of a strapless dress that can be styled otherwise in 27 different ways without needing to reveal arms, without the need of a belt, or adding any additional accessories. The infinity dress was first developed in 1966 in London, by Joanna Hudson-lees and Marina Zigosian, who were working as professional fashion designers for the British company Concrete and Spice. Concrete and Spice were owned by Vivienne Westwood, who at the time was head photographer for Vogue magazine. In her role as a photographer, she often wanted to look at fashion as an art form and thus began the designing process of the infinity dress. In the same vein, she also wanted dresses to be very simple but sexy, so the infinity dress was born.
The infinity dress itself is quite simple, consisting of a bodice, a skirt, a mock jacket, a mock corset, and two adjustable straps with which to secure the dress to the body. However, before the garments were designed, they would first be made from a fabric that could be dyed in a large variety of colors, usually black or red. These dresses would then be constructed according to the model's measurements and preferences.
Each infinity dress has a single strap which can be folded over the waist and this was the model's waistband. To conceal the model's tummy, the folds of the fabric around the waist would be stitched in a zigzag pattern, creating what is known as the cappuccino fold. Once these folds are formed, the model would then wear the sleeveless bodice and would continue to wear a double layered skirt, complete with a pair of faux drop earrings and a faux tiara. As you can see, these dresses take advantage of the benefits of the double layer of fabric, which maintains the shape of the body while hiding any flaws. The fabric also gives the illusion of long, lean, and slender figures.
One of the most popular styles of infinity dresses involves the dress having an extended skirt, complete with long sleeves. The skirt is adorned with a wide satin bow at the hemline, and a wide collar similar to that of a ponytail, which goes through the dress and onto the back of the dress. There are a number of different ways that these dresses can be put together, ranging from completely self-contained to those that require the wearer to wear accessories, such as bolero jackets, over shirts, or a scarf. It's really up to you and your own tastes and preferences, as no two people have the same preferences when it comes to fashion. However, one thing is for certain; there is no getting around the fact that a long, lacy infinity dress looks absolutely gorgeous on every woman.