The History of the Little Black dress
A coveted and worshiped piece of fashion notoriety, the Little Black Dress is considered an essential asset in completing a woman’s unique wardrobe.
Derived in the 1920’s, Coco Chanel set about creating a long lasting, diverse and affordable piece in a neutral colour to become accessible to all types of women. Designed with the intention of being a dress for all occasions, the LBD is classified as an elegant black dress that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. For example, for a more casual style the dress could be worn with a jacket and pumps whilst dressing up for the evening could include piling on the jewels and stilettos. Designed simply to make a woman feel unique no matter the occasion.
In 1926, Coco Chanel published a picture of a short, simple black dress in American Vogue, dubbing it ‘Chanel’s Ford’.
In the 1950’s the return of the Little Black Dress saw it worn by Hollywood femme fatales and fallen women in the return of being a symbol of dangerous women. Contrasting with the more wholesome, conservative looks of the Hollywood housewife, these Hollywood dangerous women would be portrayed in black halter neck dresses.
In the 1980’s casual fabrics, including knits, for dress and business wear brought the Little Black Dress back to the forefront, publishing in Vogue again. Creating a truly unique feel for the LBD.
The 1990’s brought about a multitude of trends including simple cut black dresses in a variety of lengths and fullness, proving popular with the mass market. The Grunge culture on the 1990’s took on a different mantra for the black dress, wearing the garment with sandals and combat boots with layers of patterns.
In the early 2000’s the return of body conscious, muted colour and black designs invaded catwalks all over the world, proving now more than ever its diverse popularity. However remaining in keeping with making a woman feel unique.
Still massively popular today, the little black dress is every woman’s go to staple, so timeless and elegant, it will never go out of style.