Is there any other singular piece in the history of Western costume as iconic as the “Little Black Dress?” Remaining a classic staple throughout this century, the L.B.D. offers more than a simply elegant cocktail party accessory, but also a visual reminder of the evolution of feminism.
One’s garments, whether noticed or not, reflect the happenings of one’s culture through silhouette, color, shape, or textures. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel is credited with the creation of our favorite L.B.D. At the beginning of the 20th century, the previous decades of feminist movements were taking leading to inspiring social and cultural change. Post WWI, leading apparel designers were changing up the norm, and ridding womanhood of the corset. A part of this change was recognized through loose, shapeless or contoured silhouettes, the oversized structures, and inclusion of black as a color staple.
Previously, black apparel was associated with mourning, most notably identified by Queen Victoria. To wear black in public outside of loss was taboo and seriously frowned upon. With the emergence of more versatile and functional women’s garments, the new modern woman arose. She was able to engage in more sports, politics, the workforce, and entirely change her way of life. The L.B.D. communicated new found power, timeless style, and feminine allure. This piece prevailed through the decades as necessity. Today, the every form of woman has their own version of the Little Black Dress, as to her liking. From women such as Hilary Clinton to Donnatella Versace to your own grandmother, the Little Black Dress prevailed.
For this holiday season, when you’re wearing your holiday black party dress, celebrate the joy of the season. Celebrate the beauty of being a woman, and having the freedoms we do. Celebrate the women social changers who came before us, and fought to create a new future. Also, celebrate you, because here at BABY, that’s what we do too.
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