A Brief History of the Little Black Dress

Black. A color symbolizing many emotions. Perfect for any occasion, just like the iconic “little black dress.” This piece has become a staple in closets all around the world and is a go-to fashion statement that is timeless. But where did this long-living trend come from?

It all started when Coco Chanel put s simple black dress in Vogue circa 1926. It caught the attention of many and was called the Model T of dresses. Soon women of all classes started buying this chic look, as it was accessible to all based on its simplicity. As time changed and economy fluctuated, the little black dress proved to be a constant, staying just as popular as it was when it first entered the scene in 1926. 

In the 1950’s there was a rise in female empowerment and Dior’s “New Look,” sparked a new meaning for the little black dress. It was now seen as a sexy yet classy piece that women wore to feel their strongest selves. From then on, the little black dress kept adapting to fit the different trends of the eras that took over and has adapted itself to stay on top.

The little black dress today reflects all that it did throughout history. It represents class, elegance, accessibility, but most importantly it reflects the strength and resilience of women. The little black dress has only gotten stronger with time and will not die down no matter what the world is around it and throughout history we’ve seen women exemplify these same traits. Long live the little black dress, the strongest and most empowering piece of clothing.

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