Karl Lagerfeld once said, “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.”
Born in the 1926 issue of Vogue, the fashion world welcomed the Little Black Dress with sneers and jeers. After all, black was a color reserved for funerals and periods of mourning; everyone knew that. However, when photos of Coco Chanel’s black sleeveless knee-length jersey sheath hit the newsstands, women in the United States were ready for a change and 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 their accessories. Soon it became the dress than no woman could do without. Although designers after Chanel created their own version of the LBD by varying the length, by adding frills, lace and other adornments, and by using a wide array of fabrics from leather to velvet, one thing has remained constant — the importance of the LBD in the Classic Woman’s closet.
Some Classic Women who made their own LBD statements
CATHERINE, THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE
Princess Charlene of Monaco
QUEEN RANIA OF JORDAN
CAROLYN BESSETTE KENNEDY
Make your own LBD classic statement this spring: