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A Lesson in Style - The Evolution of the Kaftan

Worn for thousands of years, by men and women, the kaftan is a simple garment, often cut from a single piece of cloth. Originating from the middle east, the kaftan was typically hip or ankle length, whilst contemporary designs have introduced a knee-length version, that is popular as a versatile beach cover up.

The comfortable, loose styling of a kaftan offers a unique combination of both modesty and allure. They are glamorous and relaxed, exotic yet minimal and look fabulous no matter what age or body shape you are.

In the 1950’s the kaftan’s popularity as a fashion piece began with Christian Dior’s introduction of an open version. Yves Saint Laurent, who was notably born in Algeria, also began producing kaftan styles in the 1960’s. This was the beginning of the ‘hostess gown’ a kaftan style worn for entertaining at home.

Lindsey Brown Resortwear Simone d'Aillencourt Silk Kaftan

The beach kaftan was fast becoming a fashion staple, and was set to remain so as the iconic Elizabeth Taylor and other stars of the silver screen as well as fashion models, famously wore them, both on and off screen, making the kaftan synonymous with glamour and exclusivity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mya Blue Beach Twiggy Gold Silk Kaftan by Biba 1973

 

Today, the Mya Blue Beach collections feature stunning contemporary kaftans, that draw inspiration from the garment's rich heritage. A celebrity favourite, choose from short beach kaftans & cotton kaftan tops to keep you covered from too much sun or mid knee length kaftans to take you from hotel room to pool-side lounger. Covering up is not about disguising your curves, it is about enhancing them with MyaBlueBeach designs. There is a beach kaftan style to suit every body shape.

Mya Blue Beach Black Cotton Gigi Maxi Kaftan Cover-Up

The Gigi Maxi Cotton Beach Kaftan is a full length design, cut with simple flowing lines that echo the original kaftan styles. Loosely skimming the body, this black kaftan is perfect for keeping cool in hotter climates, whether you are headed for the Canary Isles or Barbados and flatters both petite and plus size figures. 

Shop the complete Mya BlueBeach designer beach kaftans and cover-up collections at http://www.myabluebeach.com

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