The Little Black Dress
Who would of thought that a dress created in the 20's will remain in fashion for more than a century? Designed by Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel it was more than a piece of clothing, it was simple yet very elegant, versatile and long-lasting. Nowadays, the "little black dress" has become a "must have", an essential piece to complete your wardrobe, a piece that can guarantee never to appear dated.No matter your size, height, hair or skin color, everybody looks great wearing it. Furthermore, it brings comfort and sophistication together and combines them to create a masterpiece. As Coco once said : "Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury". The little black dress represents "the parisienne", sophistication, without placing women into a certain social class. Whether it costs a few dollars or a fortune, the little black dress is always a default choice for those "I have nothing to wear" days, helping women look effortlessly classic and sexy, but it shouldn’t be a prerogative for poor taste in fashion. The little black dress creates an attitude, the same attitude it used to create almost one hundred year ago. Usually the woman that wears it is nonchalant, chic, classy, fabulous, beautiful, independent and assertive, wrapped up in her feminity to create a modern and elegant twist .
Even though black was considered the color of mourning for a long time, and especially during the First World War, in 1926 Coco has the guts to publish a picture of a short, simple black dress in Vogue. Soon, this dress becomes a uniform for all women of taste.
Twenty eight years later, Christian Dior introduces his collection of black dresses: a new fashion icon is born by lowering the neckline and introducing the halter neck style.The dress remains popular in the 60’s, however the new generation prefers to shorten the dress. Hubert de Givenchy creates Audrey’s Hepburn black dress for the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Black is no longer the color of death but the symbol of dangerous, “fatale” women, a new trademark of feminity.
The disco jet set couldn’t put the “little black dress” on pause. The new 70’s style becomes very popular and fashion has to deal with the color invasion. But the black dress manages to stay on the catwalk whether it is simple and normal or lacy and feminine and it can be accessorized different any time. So, it doesn’t matter if you wear it with black tights, flats and cardigans or with high heels and a blazer, this dress looks amazing. The disco generation is not really melting for black but likes it because it looks great with colorful makeup, extravagant jewelry, belts, glittering hair pins and clutches that are so popular in this time.
The 80’s find the black dress still in vogue. Fashion didn’t become tired of it but changed its look with shoulder pads and peplums.The grunge look of the 90’s introduces a more relaxed style, but the little black dress loses its glamour. The dress is combined with sandals, flats or boots.
The New Millennium launches a new trend, or should we say makes an old trend regain its throne? The little black dress is now considered a key style, a glamorous piece and is here to stay.
The question remains, "if fashion is meant to become unfashionable" what does this dress have to make it legendary? It's style, not fashion that travels through centuries of history, because "fashion fades but style remains the same".
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