With its own initialed moniker, the Little Black Dress has earned its chops along side fashion icons like YSL, CDG and SJP. In 1926, Coco Chanel created an Icon- the first LBD graced the pages of Vogue as a go to garment for women with great taste. For decades the Little Black Dress has saved the day.
After years spent in heavy, long clothing during the Victorian Era and the Belle Epoque, Chanel’s ford dress gave women a liberating sense of mobility, and ease. The chic garment was simple and flattering for women of all shapes and sizes.
The LBD maintained its popularity throughout the great depression and World War II because of its simplicity. After all, Vogue named the dress after the Ford Model T, because it was accessible to women of all socio-economic levels. Women didn’t have to spend a lot of money to keep up with Mrs. Jones, shall we say.
Coming off of it’s war time successes, postwar conservative era brought the popularity of the LBD into question. Though it was still worn, women perceived the LBD to be a little bit dangerous or risqué. Gone were the days where the LBD was associated with purity and modesty.
The youngsters of the swinging sixties took the iconic garment to new lengths. While older more conservative set preferred classic sheaths, like the number worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the younger generations were introducing the mini LBD.
Aside from that little blip in the 1950s, the LBD has maintained its staple status and continues to reign as queen of the closet. However, that is not to say that the dress hasn’t had its good years and its bad years. In the 60’s we saw the mod mini dress, the 80’s introduced the big shoulders and peplum waistline, 90’s grunge style brought a whole new meaning to LBD. Regardless, despite the comings and goings of various generational fashion trends, the concept behind the LBD has remained very much the same as the one Coco Chanel introduced us to in 1926.
The little black dress, is common currency amongst women across the globe because regardless of the cut, the fabric or the cost, the LBD makes a women feel glamorous.