History of The Little Black Dress

Posted by MakersValley on 7/20/17 5:08 PM

In Fashion Entrepreneurship, Inspiration

That one staple piece that can’t go missing in your wardrobe. The one that gets you out of trouble when you have nothing to wear at that last minute event. Yeah, you know the one. The one you can accessorize for any occasion.

It's classic, simple, yet elegant, all at once... Yes, I’m talking about the little black dress!timeline-11.jpg

Classic. Simple. Elegant

Introduced in the late 1920s and first popular in the 1930s, the little black dress, or LBD as some affectionaly call it, is a classic piece of clothing that every woman owns and with which you can never go wrong. It's a dress that lets you play with how you accessorize it, be it with pearls, diamonds, a pendant, bright colors, you name it! You can accessorize it for any occasion and it will always look good! From cocktails to a night out in town!

You love that dress, don't you? Well let me tell you something, that dress that you love so much and is hanging in your closet is more than a simple dress, it has a history. Yes I said history, and it's very interesting; it was not just a pretty dress that became a fashion trend for a short period of time. The little black dress is not just a piece of clothing, it's a statement.


Let’s go back in time!

Before the 1920s, wearing black was reserved only for mourning (if you are like me and half of your closet is black, you will find this to be crazy) and the fashion industry was based on tight corsets and oversized hats. All of this changed when Coco Chanel printed a short simple black dress on the cover of Vogue magazine in 1926.

The little black dress is one of the most influential and important garments. It remained popular during the 1930s Great Depression because of its simplicity; during that time women desired affordable fashion.

It was the era of the emerging business women. That is why Chanel decided to create a practical yet elegant dress, with straight lined silhouettes, stepping out of the excess, the tight corsets and constricted clothes. Being that it was a time of economic turmoil, she made a dress that any woman could afford without losing its elegance.

“Thanks to me, they [non-wealthy] can walk around like millionaires."



The Little Black Dress on the big screen

The little black dress gained more popularity when actress Audrey Hepburn wore it with pearls on the movie set  “Breakfast at Tiffanys” (1961). And ever since, people have been wearing it as they desire. I think it's safe to say that the little black dress never went out of fashion and it never will. 

It's awesome to see how a piece of clothing can influence people. What once was a statement and an act of rebellion against the rigidity of women's fashion, nowadays comes in any shape and is an essential part of every woman’s wardrobe. 


Would you like to make your own fashion statement?