Tuesday, April 20, 2010

LBD – The Little Black Dress

A little black dress or an LBD as it’s affectionately known should be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. It is that perfectly simple and elegant but sexy dress that can be dress up or dress down for any occasion. Over the years designers have continually tried their hand at a LBD and some have made more of an impression than others. I hope to be one of those designers although I think it will be a little aubergine dress rather than black, but same thing really!

One lady that definitely had a lasting influence was Coco Chanel who has been credited as the designer who first made a little black dress. The year was 1926 and Chanel made a simple versatile black dress that brazenly broke the fashion rules at the time. Black was a colour reserved for either mourning attire or servants uniforms as it didn’t show dirt. American Vogue loved the LBD naming it the ‘Ford’ dress because it was like the Ford cars; simple, accessible, popular and it only came in black.

Here’s a look at some iconic and modern little black dresses.

Audrey Hepburn

Princess Diana

Michelle Obama

Helen Mirren

Roland Mouret


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