Mini Dress Chronicles on mini dress history and styles. In the late 1960s, mini dresses went global and started gaining popularity in Japan and the Soviet Union. However, mini dresses were not welcomed in other parts of the world. In countries like Ethiopia and Tanzania, minidress was considered inappropriate, immodest, and signs of youth corrupted by western ideologies. The mini dress is still considered controversial in some parts of the world. Some places such as Uganda banned minidress and clothing that does not cover “anything above the knee” as late as 2013. As late as 2018, minidress caused a controversy in Saudi Arabia when a video of a woman strolling in a religious landmark wearing a mini dress surfaced on social media.