• Liz Ogumbo-Regisford

Empire-Line 'Un-lined'

She’s light, vibrant and easy like Sunday mornings and some Saturdays too because they call her the empire-line; a high-waisted dress that became very popular during the 19th century is a style of dress that has a fitted bodice ending just below the bust, giving a high-waisted appearance.

By the time of Napoleon Bonaparte’s rule in France, this revolutionary style was known as the Empire waist, or Empire-line dress, and was the mode of dress worn during the Regency period (1811 – 1820) under Napoleon Bonaparte’s rule in France.

Liz Ogumbo 'Vavavum' Empire-line

“Empire” refers to the one built by Napoleon, and is the name given in France to this period of history. High-waisted, loose gowns inspired by the peasantry began to be worn in elite French fashion circles prior to the Revolution, largely in response to the philosophies put forth by Jean-Jaques Rousseau, an advocate for society’s return to more a natural state (often using peasants as an example), and whose ideas permeate Romantic thought. After the Revolution, this style became a reflection of the values of the new French state and has been the most defining element of women’s’ fashion through my experience and time in the fashion business.


Dress: Liz Ogumbo 'Vavavum' | Stylist: Letoya Johnstone | Model: Yvonne Okello

Because baby got back, what better way to reveal and back the joys of empire-lines through this Liz Ogumbo drop-V-Back ‘vavavum’ from my Lotus Collection debuted in Lisbon, Portugal 2 years ago, but still never goes out of style. This revolutionary empire-line steals the whole roll of fabric so gracefully, but once she is on, the world stops.



"Liz Ogumbo Lotus Collection" Lisboa, Portugal 2018

You can wear her anywhere you want at any time of the day or night because she is easy.

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Dress: Liz Ogumbo 'Vavavum' | Stylist: Letoya Johnstone | Model: Yvonne Okello

Yours fabulously,


Liz Ogumbo-Regisford

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