There is no woman who doesn’t look perfect in a little black dress, and each has her favorite. It is the perfect remedy for the situations when we, beside a full closet, have nothing to wear, and its popularity is big that we take it for granted. But someone had to invent it? We’re bringing you the brief history of little black dress.
The little black dress, a must have women’s dress has become the perfect dress for an elegant look. It may be monochromatic, but it has an extensively colorful history. Tracing throughout the history to discover its roots can be difficult; however one recorded data says that it was mainly worn by ladies when attending funerals in the early 1920’s. During this period, this classical dress was not interpreted for delivering elegance to women who wore it. This however changed with a particular issue of Vogue magazine which had an article written by a designer by the name of Coco Channel. This designer had presented a little black dress in certain design; afterwards, this dress began to become a staple in every woman’s wardrobe.
“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” Coco Chanel
Coming in various styles and versions, the little black dress introduced by Coco Channel has become a great hit among women with everyone having to have it. Throughout the years, the little black dress changed drastically, the heavy style that was worn in these times is replaced with new flapper look that is elegant, simple and easier to wear. And the little black dress was no excuse. The new dress was made with a slimmer silhouette and shorter hemlines compared to the ones worn in the Western World.
Simultaneously, the black color began to be an acceptable color for day and night wear. The color blended with sleeker lines and lighter fabrics which led to the acceptance of what would be a classic look for all women: it is the little black dress.
“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” Coco Chanel, Chanel
The function of the little black dress is that even with a small budget; every woman can be both feminine and beautiful and at the same time be elegantly dressed. The primary purpose of LBD was for a cocktail party and going out in the afternoon, but with a variety of attractive and expensive accessories, it can easily convert it into an elegant evening gown. By adding a blazer the LBD can also be used for work purposes. For example, a simple cocktail dress can be turned into an evening dress when added to the appropriate accessories and long gloves, and when combined with a black suit and modest jewellery, the same dress can be worn for business meetings.
Little black dresses can be further decorated with brooches, necklaces, earrings, collar made of other colors, gloves, scarves, diamonds, intimidated, etc.
Some of the popular looks have repeatedly come and gone. For instance, the short, tight-mini dress which was incredibly popular in the 1960s rose back to fame in the 1980’s and in the early 1990’s. The ones which were popular in the 1970’s from the era of disco were popular again in the early new millennium.
“Fashion changes, but style endures.” Coco Chanel
With the extensive changes throughout the history, by wearing a little black dress you will always look elegant for all occasions. From formal to informal occasions, it will suit perfectly. Today, there are plenty of fashion designers that create new styles of this dress.