Dirndl, or female dress of "Tracht", also emerged in
the 18th century as a servant's or maid's dress.
This simple dress generally consisted of a blouse,
bodice, full skirt and an apron and it was
practically suited for a woman's work around the
home or a farm at the time. Women typically wore
slightly different styles and fabrics in the winter
and in the summer. The winter dirndl was often a
full dress with long sleeves, made of heavy cotton,
linen or wool with warm skirts and aprons. In
contrast, the summer dirndl was made of lightweight
cotton and short-sleeved blouses were worn under
sleeveless, tailored bodices.
Just as the Lederhosen experienced a fashion trend
among the nobility, the dirndl was also adopted into
the upper echelons of society in the late 1800's,
around 1870. Suddenly, the simple dresses made of
practical fabrics, were transformed into very
stylish, colorful dresses often made of silk, satin
and other expensive fabrics. They then also evolved
into dresses worn for regional pride and tradition,
with each region taking on distinct differences in
colors and style.
Today's dirndl, while still sporting the basic
elements of a blouse, tailored bodice, full skirt
and apron, now ranges in style from the soft and
simple, to very vibrant styles exquisitely crafted
with rich fabrics and embellished with intricate
embroidery. While they are not necessarily worn as
an everyday dress anymore, many women still wear
them for traditional cultural events or formal
occasions, such as a wedding, or to show their
regional pride. In recent years, the dirndl has also
gained in popularity among the younger crowds.
Younger women today often enjoy wearing shorter,
flirtier and more revealing versions than in years
past. Other women also opt for a style of dress
called "Landhausmode", which are dirndl-like dresses
and skirts, but a more casual style than its
traditional counterpart. The best place to see the
varying contrasts in styles among dirndls would be
at the Munich Oktoberfest, where young and old,
traditional and modern all converge to participate
in what is most likely the largest gathering of
folklore in southern Bavaria.
* Summer Dirndls available in mini, midi and
long skirt lengths.
* Fall/Winter Dirndls also available in heavier
* "Landhausmode" style dresses or 2-piece skirt
* Children's Dirndls available for girls of ages
* Customized Commercial Dirndls for your
or business also available upon request.