The sartorial story of the little black dress

Subtle yet Suggestive: The LBD

When the little black dress is right, there is nothing to wear in its place.

The LBD has a rich and wildly interesting history; one that most notably reaches back to the 1920s and Coco Chanel. At least this is the case for the ‘little’ part of the ubiquitous ‘LBD’ abbreviation. The Impressionists brought the ‘black’ part into vogue a bit earlier on with the dark taffeta gowns exuding worldly elegance and sensuous élan. By the turn of the 20th century, black was on its way to sophistication clad only by the daring and liberated: think Sarah Bernhardt and Isadora Duncan.

 

Versatile, adaptable and practical: pick out a silhouette that works for you.

Simple and black suddenly stood for strength and had become an adult ‘uniform’ for women all over the world.

Then Chanel’s little dress came along, shifting notions; transforming conventions. Simple and black suddenly stood for strength and had become an adult ‘uniform’ for women all over the world. Now it’s a statement piece used subtly to say little but mean a lot, like Michael Cinco for COUTURiSSIMO’s plunging back in the Ricky Embellished Long Gown that nods to 1970s rebellion with a gothic twist.

Or if you’re heading to a formal evening occasion, opt for the Michael Cinco Stewart Devore Dress that will make you feel laid-back and nonchalant as you saunter into the room. After all, and in the words of Wallis Simpson: ‘when the little black dress is right, there is nothing to wear in its place.’

Wear it your way: Style your LBD with a pair of sophisticated heels to add an edge of bohemia to your look
Looking for a modern spin of the LBD? Sebastian Gunawan for COUTURíSSIMO will have you feeling empowered in the Yelek Waistcoat Focus jumpsuit.

words Zana Wilberforce
hair & makeup Amy Addison
styling Simon Schmidt
photography Shini Park
models Alma Brenne (Wild.London)
production Cube Collective

 
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