The little black dress was not formally identified as the shape of the future until 1926. It’s 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.
In 1927 the dress narrowed in silhouette and the hemline got shorter.
The ’30s would bring a return to softer, feminine cuts. Full, flowing hems once again fell below the calf.
Wasp waist, lavishly full skirt, as with this knocked-off version.
1961 – Audrey Hepburn in what might be filmdom’s most famous Little Black Dress.
Designed by Hubert de Givenchy for Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The little black dress is a sartorial powerhouse. You can dress it up or down depending on the occasion or your mood.
From Hepburn’s Givenchy to those worn by iconic women over the ages. It is the uniform of choice for women from all walks of life, as predicted. It is a closet staple with timeless appeal. Inspiring designers over the years to keep it classic.
Little Black Dress truly is revolutionary.