Daily mythology: the little black dress


I think every woman has at least one of these in her wardrobe. It became well known as Coco Chanel promoted it 1926. Famous is her saying it would become “a sort of uniform for all women of taste”. Karl Lagerfeld doubted that she invented it, dating it’s first appearance with the mourning widows after World War I and the many fatalities of the following Spanish Flu.

It became iconic through Audrey Hepburn, wearing it in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Her robe was later sold for over 400 000 Dollars. Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor (for her the English King resigned. Well done!) owned several LBD. She is quoted having said: “When a little black dress is right, there is nothing else to wear in its place.” Once an obese Soprano in London was fired because she didn’t fit into a Little Black Dress. Edith Piaf performed mostly in a black dress, therefore she was called “the little black sparrow”.  Lena, German singer, won the Eurovision Song Contest with her song “Satellite” wearing a LBD, maybe rather for her outfit than for her voice?

The Little Black Dress is mostly simple in cut and textile, it is available for women of all social classes, it is sometimes long to, it was worn during all trends, even with combat boots during Grunge. The main thing: it has to be black.

More and more women wear black these days, maybe because of the state of our world and the politics in general ( see the black rose as a symbol against the Polish anti-abortion-law)?



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