Born in a restricted world, worn only by widows and suffering mothers, the dress gained all one by one sympathy, respect, love, addiction for becoming what it is today: the most important piece of any woman’s wardrobe, an outfit present in all the fashion houses, created by any top designer.
Coco Chanel, the legend who released women from corsets had a bright idea and a great courage, 85 years ago, to post a photo of a simple black dress in Vogue Magazine and that marked the beginning of a phenomenon. Vogue called it “Chanel’s Ford”, like its contemporaneous “T Model” and predicted that will become “a sort of uniform for all woman of taste” which happened to be perfectly true.
Silk, even velvet, lace, cotton, poly cotton, organza, taffeta, polyester are just a few items that LBD requires to become alive.
From classic to celebrity
Even if it is a classic piece by its nature, LBD can be adapted to the current fashion and still remain an archetypal. From Betty Boop, the iconic cartoon character dressed in a very short black dress, to Holly Golightly, the sweet naïve who worn a Hubert de Givenchy designed model with so much class in “Breakfast at Tiffani’s”, LBD started its long journey through world’s fashion.
Later, leading personalities like Wallis Wartfield, Simpson, Duchess of Winsor, Jackie Kennedy and Lady D started to wear the famous dress. The Duchess even said once that “When a little black dress is right, there is nothing else to wear in its place” and this became a reference.
Edith Piaf, the French folk symbol was seen almost every time in a little black dress and because of her custom was called “The little sparrow”. She thought that wearing a black dress, people would pay more attention on the performance, ignoring the appearance.
Little Black Dress is a symbol, a must have for any woman, rich or poor, young or not, in any shape, any textile, any price, this piece is special and is much more than just a cloth to wear.
LBD is more like an attitude, something you can wear in almost every occasion, from formal meetings to office, from breakfast to cocktail, from a promenade or a date to an important event. Sexy and simple, sophisticated and somber, Little Black Dress has become the definition of versatility.
Who doesn’t want a dress fitting with everything?
Accessories are maybe the most important part of an outfit, having the ability to transform any dress or suit in something else.
f you decide to wear the little black dress on a party, be creative! You will look great with a short leather jacket, a pair of silver shoes and lots of bracelets. If the party goes more elegant, drop the jacket and put yourself a grey or white fur. Little black dress is the perfect choice for an important dinner or meeting as long as it is minimal accessorized, not more that a pair or elegant earrings, purse and heels. A simple cut dress, with a decent length will be perfect for office.
There are so many ways to wear the famous LBD, as many as your imagination will allow you to count. As long as you use the right accessories you can ask anything from your little black dress, you can transform it and play with it until you’ll achieve what you want.
Fashion means nothing without style, this is a great true. How many times have you seen a woman walking on the street, wearing the latest fashion pieces and still looking awful, meanwhile on the other sidewalk a pretty lady was glowing in her grandmother’s dress? The reason: Style!
Wearing LBD with style means to expose your attitude, your confidence, to show people that you feel good and pleased about the way you look.
Wear it like Gilda when you want to look fabulous, wear it with Jackie O’s innocence, feel free and sensual like Anita Ekberg in “La Dolce Vita” or wear it in your own way, just enjoy it!