This 50s dress style could be set to make a major comeback

The midi is undoubtedly the length du jour – but looking at the A/W 19 catwalks, hemlines could soon be going higher and more gathered, with the return of the bubble dress.

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Bubble dress hemlines as seen at the Simone Rocha show during London Fashion Week at the Royal Academy of Arts. Image: Getty Images

This month, the voluminous style was seen on the runways at shows including JW Anderson, Burberry, Richard Quinn, Erdem and Simone Rocha, creating the silhouette that was first popularised back in the 1950s by designers like Pierre Cardin and Givenchy.

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Richard Quinn’s voluminous designs were set off with floral print. Image: Getty Images

Over the years, bubble hems have fallen somewhat out of favour, with a reputation for looking unflattering, or perhaps slightly frumpy. But the modern reinventions show that the look can be styled in a multitude of ways, from flirty and feminine to subtle and chic.

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JW Anderson’s caped design on the runway. Image: Getty Images

Simone Rocha’s take, for instance, is typically romantic and whimsical, and Richard Quinn upped the flirtiness with bows and floral fabric. Burberry’s black off-the-shoulder bubble, however, was given a harder edge with oversized earrings and leather accessories, and JW Anderson’s drop-waist, olive green polka-dot version, meanwhile, gave another fun twist altogether.

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Burberry’s A/W 19 catwalk also featured a more discreet take on bubble hems. Image: Getty Images

While it has yet to filter down to the high street just yet, there’s plenty of time for shops to recreate budget versions of the billowing bubbles before autumn arrives. Whether or not you want to wear them this time around, however, is entirely a matter of personal preference…

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One of Pierre Cardin’s bubble designs in the 1950s. Image: Getty Images

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