A little back dress or the famous “LBD” is our best friend for those days when we just don’t know what to wear for a party. It is a permanent citizen of our wardrobe or our favourite fallback option not just because it looks great but because is a perfect pick for any occasion but because it is an evergreen fashion trend. While we thank God for the existence of colour black and our LBD, have you ever thought who is behind the invention of your ‘Little Black Dress’?
And the story goes like…
It might sound a little surprising, but years ago black was not considered as the stylish fashion colour and through the 1800s it was the colour of grief and mourning. And like they say, ‘all good things take time’, gradually the fashion enthusiasts realized that black not only hides dirt and stain marks but is also the apt colour to show off their exquisite and vintage jewellery.
So, the credit goes to…
It’s not that the black dresses didn’t exist back then, but the credit for popularising the little black dress goes to Coco Chanel. In 1926, a simple calf-length black dress of Chanel was featured in that year’s Vogue issue and was called ‘Chanel’s Ford’. In fact, the magazine also said that the LBD would become ‘a sort of uniform for all women of taste’, which turned out to be true and we couldn’t agree more.
How it became an iconic trend…
While a lot of credit for introducing the LBD to the masses goes to Coco Chanel, but the most iconic one which made the little black dress a part of every wardrobe was the black Givenchy dress that Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
And since then, the little black dress became a staple fashion trend. So and so that the abbreviation is also a part of the Oxford Dictionary since 2010.
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