Evolution of Little Black Dress (LBD) Through Ages

Chaitali Sunday, June 19, 2016

'True fashion carries a statement, compliments your beauty, sets the style trends, can make you go boho, often leaves the fragrances of your impression long after you are gone and all this happens while you remain bold and easily comfortable.'

As it appears in appearances, you find it in your closet too. While you are trying to get rid of those clothes that are worn-out or out of fashion, there is one dress that girls are never willing to throw off of their trendy picks! Yes, that’s Little Black Dress or LBD, an evening outing dress cut simply for comfort.
The history behind how this evergreen dress came into existence is as fascinating as the dress itself. It leaves a person curious to think as this dress still remains trendy and fashionable to wear it even after a century of its origination.

LBDs were first designed by a French designer Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel and Jean Patou in the era of 1920’s.  
She introduced this dress during the time of wars when the bright colors, prints, and heavy embroidery were considered fashionable and the black was traditionally associated more with western women who had lost their husbands, while in some other parts of the world it was same with color white. This waste ideology behind widow women being subjected to a particular color and attire appears more irrelevant and vague in today’s time. The main reason behind LBD was to create a kind of apparel that was long-lasting, versatile, affordable and accessible to the widest market. Coco simply changed this idea and minds of people after publishing short black dress design in Vogue magazine. The magazine even went ahead to call this dress as ‘Chanel’s ford’, citing the popularity of Henry Ford and his automobile revolution.

 Taking a walk through the age-old LBD fashion, something that was published in Vogue and then there was no looking back.
During black and white era of cinema it played an important role as color black does not clash with other vibrant colors on the screen. LBD continued its popularity through 1940's, during the rationing of textiles. Gradually, it became a kind of uniform for all working women.
Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, it achieved a social hit. 1960’s gave it a bit of revival by shorting its hemline.
The timeless fashion icon Audrey Hepburn was the first who showcased and fetched massive popularity for LBD, in her 1961’s movie ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. She continues to be remembered even now for her elegant and beautiful looks she gave in the film.

Black is a color that can add sorrow, joy or a bold look to one’s style. If you are confused about what you should wear at dinner and having difficulty in finding any suitable dress, then LBD can become your instant favorite. Otherwise also, due to its popularity, this dress can be tried on almost any occasion. From Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Princess Diana, Madonna, Kate Middleton, Angelina Jolie to Scarlett Johansson, many famous and renowned women including top stars have experimented their look with LBDs

When it comes to giving a styling gig, the very first thing is that you do not have to spend the time to search accessories to wear with LBDs. You can simply club with some studs or earrings and pretty footwear. Just get frilled, off shoulder, halter neck LBDs or whatever pattern you like! You can find numerous designs and patterns worth purchasing.  

LBDs never went out of fashion, they continue to evolve and recently similar designs were experimented with different colors from royal blue to glamorous red, elegant black and whites to sporty greens. Since 1920’s with all these variations and alterations the essence of LBDs still remains the same.


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