“Since it was invented there has always been
a little black dress in the spirit of the moment.
Women are never over- or underdressed with a little black dress.
A woman never looks bad in one;
she can always trust that look.” –Karl Lagerfeld
The fashion world was not that impressed with the Little Black Dress when it was first introduced. After all, everyone knew black was reserved for funerals and periods of mourning. It was a fad that would never catch on. However, when photos of Coco Chanel’s black sleeveless knee-length jersey sheath hit the newsstands in Vogue in 1926, women in the United States instantly threw tradition out the window and wanted the dress for their very own. Women loved the versatility of the LBD; it could be simple or majestic – all by changing the accessories. Soon it became the dress that no woman could do without.
Designers after Chanel created their version of the LBD by varying the length, adding frills, lace, and other adornments, and using a wide array of fabrics from leather to velvet, but one thing has remained constant — the importance of the LBD in the Classic Woman’s closet.