Design & Style

Peplum Guide: A Brief History of the Peplum

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Mar 30, 2022 • 3 min read

A peplum is a flared ruffle sewn into the waistline of a blouse, skirt, jacket, or dress to add extra frill and accentuate the waist. With roots in ancient Greece, the peplum dress rose to widespread popularity in the nineteenth century. In modern times, you can find peplum blouses, short skirts, and dresses at many major retailers. Learn about the history of peplums and where they originated.