Delving into the history behind this season's most revealing trend
The thong–once considered a garment only worn by the most scandalous subsets of society–has incrementally moved its way into the wardrobes of celebrities and onto the runways of the world's greatest fashion houses. Previously worn by burlesque dancers during performance, thongs were seen as entirely improper. It was only with the undergarment's assimilation into the lingerie market that they became a staple, leaving little to the imagination.
As the '90s and early 2000s progressed, a new breed of thong-wearing emerged. Cheekily dubbed the whale tail for its resemblance to the marine mammal's backside, it was soon adopted by some of the most iconic fashionistas and performers of the day. In 2019, the trend has seen a resurgence, recently featured on the catwalks of Alexander Wang, Versace, and Heron Preston alike. CR examines the longstanding history of this eye-popping, double-take worthy style.