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My Fashion Inspiration: The Little Black Dress

The Little Black Dress (LBD) is one of the items that must be a part of a woman’s wardrobe.
In 1926, Gabrielle Chanel designed the silhouette of the first petite robe noir of modern age, Mademoiselle Coco sparked an explosive cultural and aesthetic revolution. She created a wholly new “uniform” with which women could face modern life, a dress that made them feel more confident, independent and aggressive because they were more comfortable than more than ever ease. In a world that seemed to be custom-built for men only, women had to focus on the concrete, not the superfluous. Chanel’s first LBD was made of silk crepe; t was calf-length, had long sleeves and a crew neck. It was worn with hair of a boyish cut, a cloche hat and string of pearls, the embodiment of Coco Chanel’s mantra:” Every day I simplify something because every day I learn something.”

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In the following decades, the little black dress was transformed while remaining faithful to itself. The LBD worn by cartoon character Betty Boop was short and scanadalous: Elsa Schiaparelli’s had impressive shoulders: Wallis Simpson’s was austere. For Edith Piaf it was a sort of uniform. Then, in the 1950s came Christian Dior’s New Look. And Marilyn Monroe’s LBD was sinuous, enhancing her figure even in two-dimensional black and white photographs in magazines.
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But the LBD would not be the icon it is if the long model designed by Hubert de Givenchy had not been worn by a unique person in a movie-that elf of elegance and femininity named Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”(1961)

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As simple as it was audacious, the Little Black Dress scandalized and persuaded at the same time.

FAVORITE QUOTES

Karl Lagerfeld: 
“One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.”

Donna Karan:
“The Little Black Dress is the foundation ofevery woman’s wardrobe.”

Alexander McQueen:
“It’s the embodiment of female power: raw, frank and straight to the point.”

Christian Dior”:
“You can wear black at any time. You can wear it any age. You may wear it to almost any occasion. A little black frock is essential to a woman’s wardrobe.”

Vogue America:
“For any girl, any woman with little money, it’s marvelous to have the possibility of having one dress for the whole season, for the whole year and be well-dressed.”

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Source by : ” A Matter of Fashion: 20 Iconic Items that Changed the History of Style”

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