The evolution of the Little Black Dress

Historically the black dress originates from the Victorians wardrobe as a sign of mourning (as Queen Victoria herself wore on for 40 years following the death of her husband, Prince Albert). So the black dresses had been along for centuries long before Coco Chanel gave it a new meaning in the 1920’s. Coco Chanel created pieces that were simple and accessible for women of all social classes. She re-invented the concept of black dressing and turned it from a statement of sadness to a uniform of class, wealth and chicness.

The true turning point for when the LBD became a must have piece wasn’t until 1961 when Audry Hepburn wore it in the opening scene of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. As the character Holly Gollightly gracefully walked down 5th Avenue in her fabulous Hubert de Givenchy full length black dress all women everywhere fell in love and also wanted to be swept away by the power of the black dress.

The concept of the LBD is a black evening or cocktail dress with a simple cut. Intended to be a long-lasting and versatile piece that can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. The LBD has taken on a variety of shapes and forms over the years but is still an essential to complete every woman’s wardrobe.

For a youthful modern look wear with it an oversized blazer and combat boots, or keep it classic with a pair of embellished pumps and a full length trench coat. It’s sexy, versatile and simple, a true fashion statement. The little black dress, one of fashion’s most iconic staples and will never go out of style.

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