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.”
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.
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)
As simple as it was audacious, the Little Black Dress scandalized and persuaded at the same time.
“One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.”
“The Little Black Dress is the foundation ofevery woman’s wardrobe.”
“It’s the embodiment of female power: raw, frank and straight to the point.”
“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.”
“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.”