Little Black Dress: An Ode to A Timeless Supreme Ensemble

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” Fitting words from an exemplary style innovator who commenced a closet staple known as the Little Black Dress (LBD).

It was in the 1926 edition of Vogue where Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel debut her LBD. The simple dress that was akin to the flapper’s – a mid-calf black dress made from crepe de chine with a drop waist - was heavily criticized at that time. Black was heavily reserved for mourning, and people

then were not open to the idea of using the hue out of that notion; but Chanel’s penchant for simplicity by using a single color was said to have been one of the many reasons for this elegant creation.

To outset a trend is one thing, but to make it transcend through time is something else. With the help of Hollywood celebrities and fashion designers such as Elsa Schiaparelli, the LBD reached the iconic level.  Audrey

Hepburn’s Givenchy black dress in the

movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s was equally

revered as her portrayal of Holly Golightly.

Various cuts and styles have emerged through the years, but the foundation remained the same. It is versatile and very flattering. The little black dress has become the go-to dress of women - whether going to a luncheon with friends or to a gala.  It evokes a powerful image, provocative, glamorous, high class and simplicity. No

wonder Vogue described this dress as a

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