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FLASHBACK: The Little Black Dress
by Rachel Haslam
16.02.2016

The Little Black Dress might have become a cliché in recent years, but it wasn’t until October 1926 that the LBD reinstated black as the colour, not of mourning, but of sophisticated, elegant fashion; it was the year that Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel debuted her version of the dress on American Vogue. And while Chanel did not actually invent the dress, she had made in as ubiquitous as the Ford Model T cars that were zipping around at the time (hence its alias: Chanel’s Ford). Hers was a striking, figure-hugging, knee-length, jersey version with a high neckline and long sleeves that defied the sartorial codes of the flapper era. In the following years, her LBD graced the figures of the 20th century’s most iconic starlets: Rita Hayworth, Édith Piaf (whose black dress became her trademark), Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe… and then in 1961, Audrey Hepburn – whose Breakfast at Tiffany’s Givenchy classic epitomised the standard for wearing little black dresses forever. In time, the LBD would take every possible dress-making avenue from silk, to slits, to mini, to spandex, to Liz Hurley’s gold safety pin dress in the ‘90s. Which brings us back to Chanel and her Model T; the Ford of frocks. It is true then, that the LBD marks one of fashion’s greatest contributions that even Karl Lagerfeld once acknowledged: “One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress.”

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