Fashion historians say that the most celebrated three words in fashion are “Little Black Dress.”
Since the 1920s, when CoCo Chanel introduced the Little Black Dress as a versatile and affordable essential to any wardrobe, the Little Black Dress (or LBD as it is sometimes called) has seen few changes. The original LBD was straight, calf-length, and featured only a few diagonal lines. It was simple, elegant and accessible to women of all classes and means.
Over the years, the popularity of the LBD persisted. And although some decades were unkind to the fashion industry, the LBD saw gains in all social circles due to an economy in fabric during the World War II years and popularization by Hollywood in the 1950s. Additionally, synthetic fibers helped the LBD gain market share in nearly every budget range from the 1960s forward.
Then, in 1961, the Little Black Dress by Chanel received its biggest boost – from The House of Givenchy – as a simple black sheath dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The LBD became an iconic fashion item – something that exuded sensuality and possibility and mystery – rather than a mere staple in the closet that could be dressed up or down depending on the need.
Believe it or not, from the 1960s to present day, the LBD has seen few changes to the overall shape, but you can buy your LBD today in a variety of styles: halter top, with a gathered bust, V-neck, with a beaded waist, shortened to above the knee, backless and flirty, strapless or even with jeweled straps (a little “cling and bling” as we like to call it). But your LBD, however you favor it, will always be a Little Black Dress – instantly recognizable, endlessly chic and classically elegant.
Once again, the Little Black Dress has become a fashion trend setter – because, on Thursday, July 14, 2011, Svica Jeans introduced the Little Black Dress as our debut zip-in links for our designer jeans. Once again, the Little Black Dress allows you to express your every-day attitude, mood and style.
Won’t you try one on?
NOTE: Some of our favorite women in the iconic Little Black Dress include: Silent Film Star Clara Bow, Academy Award winning Actress Audrey Hepburn, Golden Globe Award nominee Rita Hayworth, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Swedish Model Anita Ekberg, and French folk icon Édith Piaf. You can experience more about the history of the Little Black Dress by watching the Top Ten Iconic LBD Moments video countdown at the net-a-porter.com website.
~ The Svicanista