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Vogue announced the “start of lingerie fever” in 1978, describing a trend for luxurious intimate apparel that was led by the American designer Fernando Sanchez.1 Although he made nearly every kind of lingerie, Sanchez was best known for his sensuous lounging clothes.
This dressing gown exemplifies a hallmark of Sanchez’s work: his ability to create lingerie garments that could be worn in multiple ways, and in different settings. Its soft construction and lightweight fabric provide it with the feeling of ease essential to loungewear, while the fashionable, cutaway hemline and metallic threads indicate it also could have been worn as an evening dress.
1. “The Sanchez Impact: The Start of Lingerie Fever,” Vogue (January 1, 1978): 138.