We can all thank Andre Leon Talley for taking seventy-three of every girls favorite wardrobe essential, the little black dress, and putting them all in one breath taking exhibit. The exhibit was full of little black dresses (LBD) from Chanel and Balenciaga back in the 1950-60′s all the way to 2012-13 with Zac Posen, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, and more. Not to mention there was a beautiful silk LBD from Mariano Fortuny dating all the way back to 1907! There was so much talent and history all in one lively room. Being able to see these dresses up close and in person is every girls dream.
Although black dresses have been around for quite some time in history, they always had this taboo tied with them… Black was for morning. It wasn’t until 1926 when Coco Chanel changed this black dress into the ”Little Black Dress” we all know and have grown to love. Girls today wouldn’t be caught dead without at least one LBD in there closet, but let’s be honest, you can never really have too many LBDs. The LBD is such an elegant, classic, versatile look, which can be a life saver for just about any event. It should be a dress you feel good, comfortable, and confident in; Just slip on that LBD and you’re ready to go!
This was the first LBD sketch Chanel had done, which was featured in Vogue on October 1st, 1926.
Some of my favorites, just to name a few, from the exhibite were:
This was Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. Made out of silk, lace, and cotton organza, this LDB went down the runway for Chanel’s S/S haute couture in 1986.
Prada: Spring 2012
Being in love with the peplum style, this dress stopped me in my tracks. The elegance and simplicity of the whole look was just unbelievable. I also love the gloves, and how they stop right at the line of the peplum, making the overal silhouette even more intriguing.
Linda Evangelista wore this look to the Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This Tom Ford dress with the cape was just stunning. From the asymmetry created by the cape and the one exposed shoulder to the long, lean silhouette overall fit, this dress was just flawless. This dress was just recently shown in Tom Ford’s fall/winter 2012 show.
Gwyneth Paltrow was actually seen in his design at the 84th Academy Awards, 2012.
Some other dresses shown were:
Ralph Lauren Fall 2011
Stella McCartney Winter 2011 – Worn by Rihanna to Costume Institute gala
Mariano Fortuny ”Delphos Dress” 1907
Michael Kors – Pre-fall 2011
The exhibit was an amazing experience. Seeing all these different LBDs throughout fashion history was really an eye opener. There were so many different designers and aesthetics; it was interesting to see the evolution of styles and taste all originating from Chanel’s original vision of the LBD. If you havent seen the exhibit yet, it’s absolutely something worth seeing!