Audrey Hepburn in little black dress

The Little Black Dress- The Shape of The Future

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The little black dress was not formally identified as the shape of the future until 1926, when American Vogue published a drawing of a Chanel design.… It was an apparently simple yet elegant sheath, in black crêpe de Chine, with long, narrow sleeves, worn with a string of white pearls; and Vogue proved to be correct in the prediction that it would become a uniform.…” Contrast that description with these more elaborate dresses from 1925.

Two women wearing little black dress in 1925

In 1927  the dress narrowed in silhouette and the hemline got shorter.

Women wearing little black dress in 1927

The ’30s would bring a return to softer, feminine cuts. Full, flowing hems once again fell below the calf. That asymmetrical neckline still looks modern.

Women wearing in silhouette black dress in 1930

Christian Dior wasp waist skirt

Postwar, the fashion world took a new turn with Christian Dior’s legendary New Look: wasp waist, lavishly full skirt, as with this knocked-off version.

Audrey Hepburn in what might be filmdom’s most famous LBD, designed by Hubert de Givenchy for Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Audrey Hepburn in little black dress

And after that came multiple designers wearing this kind of LBD with some kind of changes…


Little Black Dress truly is revolutionary.



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