Defined, a surplice is two wraps of fabric crisscrossing over the bust line, usually attached and/or supported by an underbodice. Big 1930s glam look with Jean Harlow struttin’ across the screen in her white crepe satin.  Skirts can also be surpliced a la 1940s with legs peeping out of the folds.  Especially inspiring and elegant look on a wedding dress.
All dresses by Amy Jo Tatum