L’histoire vestimentaire de la petite robe noire (little black dress)

Subtileet suggestive : la LBD

Quand la petite robe noire est parfaite, il n'y a rien à porter d’autre.

La LBD a une histoire riche et follement intéressante. Elle remonte notamment aux années 1920 et à Coco Chanel. C’est du moins le cas pour la "little", "petite" partie de l’abréviation universelle "LBD". Les impressionnistes ont remis la partie "noire", "black", à la mode un peu plus tôt avec les robes de taffetas foncées qui dégageaient une élégance mondaine et un élan sensuel.

Au tournant du XXe siècle, le noir était en passe de devenir sophistiqué, porté uniquement par les plus audacieux et les plus émancipés : pensez à Sarah Bernhardt et 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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