The little black dress - history, and evolution


Some clothes are classic. They just never go out of style. As such, they are part of every women's fashion, existing at different ages, independent of changing fashion trends. The black dress, also known as the little black dress (LBD), is one of those garments that has survived and will only get better in fashion history.

The little black dress has become synonymous with elegance. Its timeless fashion has been popular since Audrey Hepburn paired it with white pearls in the 1961 classic, Breakfast at Tiffany's. Since then, the black dress has become a cultural item—a must-have in every woman's wardrobe.

Black dresses are one of the few fashionable outfits that has withstood frequent changes in trends and styles. Black is a color considered neutral, suitable for both day and night occasions, and it may be the only acceptable and safe fashion choice when you want to use it safely. It is a color suitable for all ages, skin tones and hair colors. The elegance of a black dress goes hand in hand with the elegant and formal look it presents. In the past, black dresses were only considered funeral attire, and black represented a dark emotion, sadness and grief. But the fashion world turned it all into something completely different. black becomes eternal, neutral and chic color, the little black dress gets a new look.

The history of black dresses is very interesting and colorful. As early as the 18th century, black dresses were associated with mourning. It wasn't until the black dress became shorter half a century later, in the 1910s, that it became the uniform for working-class women. The real change came when Coco Chanel popularized it in the 1920s. It was with the help of Vogue that they released some of their designs in 1926. The development of LBD continued in 1930, and LBD was a symbol of liberation. It has a straight fit and a loose fit. In 1947, Dior introduced a new look for the LBD, which featured rounded shoulders, a narrow waist and a full skirt. LBD changed a lot until the 1970s. Jackie Kennedy wore it with lace and sheer pieces, and punk lovers combined it with fishnet bodysuits. In the 1980s, LBD adopted the current broad shoulder trend, and in the 1990s, the grunge culture. In 1994, Princess Diana redesigned the LBD gown as the "Vengeance Dress". Modern and stylish now allow all possible types of little black dresses. Today, black dresses come in many different lengths, fabrics, sleeved or sleeveless, open or closed backs, slits or not, and more.

Black dresses have become the hallmark of women with a sense of elegance who appreciate timeless chic, stylishly aware that classic fashion options are still the best.

WriterMaja Krdzicfrom Macedonia