For thousands of years, the elegance and comfort of the caftan has been impossible to deny. In fact, the caftan (or kaftan) has roots all the way back to ancient Mesopotamia. But it wasn’t until the 1960s that they came into mainstream western fashion. Style icons including Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, Diana Vreeland, Babe Paley, and Barbara Hutton helped popularize the caftan. Designers such as Pucci, Yves St. Laurent, and Halston crafted chic creations for these stars and socialites, and the caftan quickly became synonymous with a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle. Today, I am happy to say, caftans are enjoying a resurgence. Therefore I have asked my favorite caftan designer, Houston-based Carla Christoph, to join us today for a Q&A on these fabulous frocks… and a special treat!
In 2011 Carla became obsessed with caftans. “Every woman should own at least one in her wardrobe,” she says. She finds them perfect for all occasions and any body type. Carla loves caftans so much, she wears one every day! Her more elaborate caftans are great for weddings, black tie events, and cocktail and dinner parties. The casual caftans can go anywhere. She also now is designing gorgeous tops and tunics. Carla prides herself on one of a kind caftans, never duplicating, unless it is going to another city.