The little black dress could be described at the ultimate fashion must-have for women. No woman’s’ wardrobe is complete without at least one LBD. One of the reasons why little black dresses are so popular is the versatility they offer. You can either dress them up or down, depending on the occasion. It is believed that the little black dress first became popular in the 1920s after American Vogue published a drawing of a black sheath dress from Chanel. The designer LBD was made from crepe de chine and was accessorized with a classic string of white pearls.
Since the 1920s the little black dress has taken on many different forms. In the early 1930s little black dresses were adorned with feathers and tassels in true flapper girl style. During the 1940s, the LBD took on a boxy, military form, with many women wearing them to work during the war. Post-war the little black dress took on a new form, influenced by Christian Dior’s infamous ‘New Look’ collection. The new LBD was pulled in at the waist and had a beautiful full skirt, showing off the best of women’s figures by emphasizing their bust, waist and hips.
Moving into the early 1950s we saw many sheath and pencil-fit little black dresses, however in the later years, puffy dresses with full skirts were popular. The sixties were when the little black dress once again took on a brand new look in the form of mini dresses and shift dresses, worn by mod girls and ‘it girls’ like Die Edgewise. Since then we have seen various different styles of LBDs come in and out of fashion, with many fashion designers influenced by past eras
. Famous little black dresses Over the years there have been many famous little black dresses worn by the likes of Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Angeline Jolie (who could forget that leg revealing side split at the 2013 Oscars.) However, it could be argued that the most famous little black dress of all time was the Givenchy dress worn in the opening scene of the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, by no other than the wonderful Audrey Hepburn. The beautiful black sheath dress was made from Italian satin and is what transformed Hepburn into a world famous fashion icon.
Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy dress is considered by many to be the most famous LBD ever. Why the LBD is such a style staple Chanel designer, Karl Lagerfeld was famously quoted saying ‘one is never overdressed or under dressed in a little black dress.’ The little black dress is considered to be such a style staple due to the versatility it offers. Women have the option to either dress their LBD up or down depending on what shoes and accessories they choose to pair with it. The great thing about LBDs versatility is that they can be worn to job interviews, parties, award ceremonies, funerals or simply as casual day wear, all year round.
Another reason why LBDs are such a style staple is the fact they flatter all skin tones and body types. No matter if you have pale or dark skin, are slim or curvy, there is a little black dress out there to suit everyone.
Conclusion from looking back at the history of the little black dress, you can see that although it has changed and adapted over time to fit in with current fashion trends, there has never been a time when it has gone out of fashion. The little black dress is something all women should have in their wardrobe and should definitely be considered an investment piece. Little black dresses can be found in high street stores, from online fashion retailers and in designer boutiques, so you shouldn’t find it difficult to find the perfect dress for you. I