Thursday, 24 May 2012

Fashion and Breastfeeding

This week, Julia Restoin Roitfeld launched an appeal on Twitter for dresses practical enough to breastfeed her new born baby girl, Romy Nicole Konjic. You would think it's an easy task but after browsing through a wide range of dresses, it's unbelievable how challenging it is to find them!

Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bottega Veneta and Dolce & Gabbana

The vast majority of dresses opens at the back without providing easy access to the woman's breasts, which is quite amazing considering not only our eventual role as mothers but also its erotic purpose.

Stella McCartney, Alice by Temperley and Emilio Pucci

In Coco before Chanel, Arthur "Boy" Capel says to her 'you're so easy to undress!', this fundamental aspect of clothing not only for nights of passion but also for motherhood, is certainly underestimated in the fashion industry.

Roberto Cavalli, Diane Von Furstenberg and Lanvin

Somehow, I've managed to find a few stylish dresses which are easy enough to breastfeed your baby. These three long gowns are particularly suited for the evening and glamorous events. To wear during the day, there's nothing like a dress with a zip at the front!

Diane Von Furstenberg, MCQ by Alexander McQueen and Diane Von Furstenberg

Another alternative, although not as fast, is a dress with buttons at the front which also provides an easy access to the breasts. (For some unknown reason some online retail sites cut the models' faces, so I do apologize for the lack of coherence within the images displayed.)

Diane Von Furstenberg, MCQ by Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood

I hope to have helped the mothers and women in general who like to undress as quickly as possible. Maybe designers should think more about this when designing dresses, there is definitely a gap in the market. If you're in London, go outside as soon as you can and enjoy this glorious weather!

Other related blog posts:
Ballgowns: Dress to Impress
Artistic Dress
Spring Clean