Let’s take a peek into our little dearest closet. What possibly could be in there … that we always have to have and cannot live without? Perhaps it could be a few items such as a Chanel vintage handbag, your favorite pair of trusty jeans, a good old t-shirt . . . and voilà a little black dress. The little black dress, the fashion world, we all have love and known as (LBD). The little black dress may be an essential part of any woman’s wardrobe now, but it certainly hasn’t always been that way.
“One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.”
― Karl Lagerfeld
Before the 1920s, wearing the colour black was strictly reserved for times of sadness or mourning. It was considered distasteful to wear it otherwise, because mourning dresses were symbolic. During the Victorian era, a grieving widow was expected to wear the colour of black for at least two years.
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And of course, all of this changed at the will of a very fashionable woman named Coco Chanel. In 1926, Coco Chanel published a simple, short black dress in Vogue. The magazine called this dress “Chanel’s Ford,” it was accessible to women of all social classes. Vogue stated that the dress was “a sort of uniform for all women of taste.”
The Little Black Dress remained very popular throughout the great depression all due to it’s simple elegance. The Little Black Dress were especially popular in Hollywood during the Technicolor craze, because a black dress wouldn’t clash with the other colors on the screen as a brighter colour dress might.
It maintained its popularity during World War II, due to the rationing of textiles. It also became a sort of uniform for the droves of women heading to the workplace.
During the postwar conservative era of the 1950s and early 60s, the little black dress took a bit of a social hit. Though still worn, it was seen as a little dangerous, that the woman wearing it wasn’t quite so pure as the conservative woman in powder blue. The 1960s gave it a bit of a revival, with the younger mod generation looking for all new lengths, hello to the mini skirt! while the older more conservative set looked to classic sheaths, like the one worn by Audrey Hepburn in the classic movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The Little Black Dress has, for the most part maintained its popularity through the decades since Chanel brought it into our lives in 1926. Though it’s had its stylistic variations through the years, the motivation behind the dress has remained largely the same. A little black dress makes a woman feel beautiful and glamorous. And is certainly here to stay for good . . .! 🙂
Bonjour Weekend! 🙂