Coco Chanel was a style icon and trendsetter in the 20th century. In 1926 she invented the ‘little black dress‘ aka LBD. A convenient evening dress for women, which could be easily dressed up with certain accessories for more fancy occasions.What started as a revolution in the mid-twenties of the prior century was going to become a Classic within the next eight decades. Although it has its up’s and down’s the little black dress still remains an essential piece in designer-collections nowadays. Eventually, in 2011 this classic piece of modern fashion celebrates its 85th anniversary.At the time of its invention Vogue Magazine called the dress ‘Chanel’s Ford’ and predicted that the dress would be find its place as kind of a uniform for upcoming generations. This certainly became true during the next couple of decades. The classic made its point especially during the bad times of the Great Depression and World War II, where it became literally a uniform for civilian women entering the workforce.
While the dress still remained as a uniform during the 50s it changed its purpose completely during the following century, addressing a much younger and open minded audience by shortening the skirt to the limit. Although the seventies were dominated by its very flowery mood lots of designers kept the cut of the little black dress in their designs. The popularity of casual fabrics for dresses and business wear during the 80s brought the piece back on track. A twisted style in the early 90s pumped it finally up into a new era. Now it was worn even with combat boots or sandals and reached out to a new target group.
Only this very winding evolvement pushed the little black dress to the top-level of fashion and made it the thing Vogue Magazine already had been predicted it would be: A timeless Classic.
The video below shows Coco Chanel’s most famous inventions – “The Chanel Costume” and of course “The Little Black Dress (LBD)”:
|1_Fashion Style Tip: Little Black Dress|
|2_Fashion Classics in speakfashion’s Fashion History|
|3_Fashion Backstage: Interview with Dress Designer Burkhalter Couture|
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