Stephanie Miller for Second City Style Magazine
Hervé Léger is a master of body sculpting. He has the ability to transform a slight, straight frame into a curvaceous, sensual figure. A prominent fixture of the 1980s fashion scene, the Léger legacy has been revisited and reinvented on recent runways. Know for his hand sewn, bandage style creations, the artist, who now goes by Herve L. Leroux, made a name for himself when he started his own line in 1983. Four years after the start of his line, Léger began experimenting with elastic fabrics and found that a mix of Lurex, Lycra, and elasticine produced a perfect, body hugging material. Léger cut the fabric into to strips and then wrapped the stretchy material around the body. The effect was stunning. Léger’s dresses graced the runways and adorned the bodies of 80s glamazons like Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell. His dresses were tight and form conscious. But Léger had honed his technique in such a way that his creations were slenderizing and figure flattering.
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The bandage approach or rather, the Léger mummy technique, isn’t new. In fact, it’s older than the toga. Read more here…