The History of the Little Black Dress

The timeless little black dress has been your fashion saver umpteen number of times and has saved you from committing fashion disasters ever since it entered your closet. It is true that all the little black dresses enjoy a hallowed presence in every woman’s closet and her wardrobe is incomplete without it. This iconic piece of sexy garment, revered for its classy beauty ever since its inception, has recently turned 86 and it is time to fondly look back at its evolution.


It was the enigmatic French designer Coco Chanel who turned the made-for-mourning black clothing into a piece de resistance on 1st October, 1926 by creating her signature look – a divinely elegant but simple, long sleeved black sheath dress made of crepe de Chine and styled with pearl necklaces (featured on the fashion bible Vogue).

Evolution in the Mid Century

The thirties and forties witnessed the LBD raising its waistline and hemline by a few inches. The end of the World War II brought about a wave of liberation and from the mid forties onwards, women started wearing figure accentuating LBDs with tighter waists that defined the soft feminine curves.

The silhouette alternated between pencil thin belted sheath gowns or dresses (that were ideal for lunch and dinner parties, afternoon canasta games and eating out at fine dining restaurants) and voluminous skirts that had to be worn with full slips beneath. Many women also dared to try it on as a sexy nightwear while bewitching her man of the night with her feline allure.

Clothes are also essentials for pet owners as these help to keep them warm.

See also: Corporate uniform