It was the dress that defined the 90s, electrifying the catwalks, adopted by the supermodel set and transported to the high street. Effortlessly chic, endlessly versatile – the silk slip is the timeless wardrobe essential.
Looking back through time from the stressful, socially distanced summer of 2020, it’s hard not to feel a wistful nostalgia for the 1990s. It was the decade that brought us Friends, Britpop, supermodels, Seinfeld, the Spice Girls, and memorable styles that have returned to the catwalks; cropped tops, mum jeans and most significantly – the slip.
Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell
Supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell shine in shimmering mini-slip dresses.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
Born out of the ‘underwear as outerwear’ trend pioneered by Jean Paul Gaultier and Madonna, the slip was made popular by designers such as Calvin Klein and Narciso Rodriguez, who famously dressed elite supermodels, and designed Carolyn Bessett-Kennedy’s unforgettable wedding dress. The slip’s career rose with its famous wearers such as Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell and, of course, Kate Moss, who along with Courtney Love gave it an irresistible, rock star edge. It’s the dress requiring no effort that looks like you’ve made all the effort.
Carolyn Bessett-Kennedy on her wedding day
The face that launched a thousand slips! Carolyn Bessette marries J.F Kennedy Jr in October 1996. Her wedding dress is disarmingly contemporary and chic.
90S STYLE WITH 2020 ETHICS
Knüg’s Mulberry Silk Slip is the ultimate embodiment of the fashion industry’s growing emphasis on enduring style and quality. Sexy, singular, timeless, and made to last – it’s a sustainable investment piece and the perfect dress for 2020.
Princess Diana in navy Dior slip 1996
One of Britain’s most significant style icons, Princess Diana wears a John Galliano for Dior lace-trimmed slip in 1996
THE FINEST SUSTAINABLE SILK
Knüg silk products are made from the highest-grade, 100% natural and eco-friendly Mulberry Silk. Our silkworms feed only on mulberry leaves, without the use of pesticides or fertiliser and our colours are achieved with non-toxic dyes by a team of experienced ateliers. Silk is a highly renewable resource, with a much lower environmental impact than many other fabrics, which, when cared for, can last for hundreds, if not thousands of years.
CUT IS KEY
The slip remains a firm favourite of models and popstars and exudes confidence as well as an attitude of youthful abandon. Our version is cut on the bias so it’s really flattering to every figure – you certainly don’t need to have a Kate Moss body, circa 1994, to wear one. A softly skimming bias cut also allows for extra ease of movement in a garment, so you’ll feel comfortable as well as sexy, glamourous, cool…you choose. As Elle magazine assures, “The slip, like the very best cocktail dresses, serves to elevate its wearer to her best singular self.”
THE KNÜG SLIP
Here at Knüg, we'll admit we are obsessed with our Mulberry Silk Slip dresses. Inspired by the original 90s version, they are the epitome of lazy luxury - the dress that never lets you down. Benefitting from a softly shaped v-neckline, suspended from barely-there adjustable shoulder straps, the slip can be dressed up or down for almost any occasion.
HOW TO STYLE YOUR SLIP
A slip can be worn in countless ways. Flattering and wearable, our classic version transforms an off-duty outfit into something special. If you don’t dare to wear one alone just yet, layer it over a white T-shirt or fine knitwear to feel less exposed and pair with this season's must-have boots for a look that’s as edgy as it is effortless. Style it down with trainers or up with heels. Worn alone, under a jacket, or elevated with pearls, it's the year-round, hard-working hero every wardrobe needs.
SO, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
Both the slip dress and the stunning silk it is tailored from will stand the test of time. Like a crisp white shirt, the perfect pair of jeans and the little black dress, every wardrobe should own at least one of these style treasures. Go on, treat yourself to the best slinky slip dress you’re likely to find. Available in a range beautiful shades and a wide variety of sizes, click here to find the perfect one for you.
Known for rocking the silk slip religiously through the 90s