Designers of the past knew a thing or two about the allure of a thing half-seen, about the play between revelation and secrecy. Think of formfitting bias gowns, peep-toed shoes, sheer chiffon blouses, and illusion necklines: all masterpieces of sophisticated tantalization.
The illusion neckline is my favorite vintage revival of recent history. A sheer mesh or chiffon yoke provides subtle and refined coverage, allowing a gown to have a strapless or tank-style appearance without the risk of slippage. While striking in an evening gown (I love options from Doo.Ri, Theyskens’ Theory, and Temperley London) it is at its finest in a wedding dress, where elegance and grace are the order of the day.