A History of the Silk Kaftan

Posted: Oct 27 2015

Famed for its flattering and versatile styling, the kaftan is steeped in history, first being worn in Persia, by both men and women, as early as 600BC.

The early version of the kaftan was worn for practical rather than style purposes - to keep cool in the heat, its voluminous cut making it fantastically loose and airy.

It wasn’t until the 1950s that leading fashion designers such as Christian Dior and Balenciaga introduced loose, sashless evening gowns into their collections.

Lindsey Brown Resortwear Vintage Kaftans Vogue 1975

During the 1960’s the kaftan became a style icon in itself, with Diana Vreeland and Barbara Hutton helping to popularise the garment. At that time, the chicest women dressed in flowing kaftans at the world’s most glamorous resorts. In the 1970’s film stars such as Elizabeth Taylor further raised the profile and glamour of this wearable garment, with Taylor even choosing to wear a kaftan for her second wedding to Richard Burton in 1975.

1969 Voyage to India Kaftan Photoshoot Lindsey Brown Resortwear

In the 1970’s film stars such as Elizabeth Taylor further raised the profile and glamour of this wearable garment, with Taylor even choosing to wear a full length flowing kaftan for her second wedding to Richard Burton in 1975.

Lindsey Brown Resortwear History of the Silk Kaftan Elizabeth Taylor

In the years since then, various interpretations of the kaftan have ensured that it remains at the forefront of fashion. The style is endlessly versatile, available in a myriad of cuts and colours, and can be as dressy or laid back as you like. From flowing kaftan-style evening dresses and festival wear worn by such style icons as Nicole Richie, the Olsen twins, Kate Moss and stylist Rachel Zoe; to glamorous beach cover-up kaftans that are a dream to wear, favoured by the likes of Jessica Alba, Blake Lively, Denise van Outen and Lucy Mecklenburgh.

Lindsey Brown Resortwear Marbella Silk Kaftan

So why not browse the latest designer kaftans from the Lindsey Brown Resortwear collection for a timeless kaftan or beach cover-up that you will wear again and again, both on holiday and abroad.