Saturday, May 29, 2010

Stimulation Saturday

The little black dress.

The LBD is the one essential every woman should own.

Ever since Coco Chanel first introduced this iconic timeless fashion 75 years ago fashion designers everywhere agree that all women need a little black dress. 
Simple to complex; the LBD can take you from morning to night with a slight of hand.

When I slip into one of my LBD's I change. I become more confident and self assured.
My legs get longer, my bosom gets bigger, and my butt gets smaller. lol
I can discuss anything with anyone.
Add my vintage pearls and some sexy heels and I am a force to be recognized.

The history of the LBD is interesting in it's timeless appeal and staying power.
In the beginning black was considered acceptable for mourning and was not even allowed outside the home. 
Coco Chanel made the LBD famous in 1926. Called "Chanel's Ford" by Vogue magazine, it was a basic slash-necked, short silk dress with only diagonal pin-tucks as decoration

Audrey Hepburn's legendary role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany's brought us  dressed in Givenchy. Voted as the all time best female screen outfit-the original sold for $800,000.00 at auction.
Hepburn's classic black sheath dress, accented by pearls and black kitten heels was as Coco Chanel envisioned.

The LBD then evolved into sexy eye candy when draped over such figures as Marilyn Monroe and Jane Mansfield. Women all over the world fell in love with this simple but elegant dress.

In the 1960's a revolution was taking place over love, war, and the LBD. Women wanted shorter hemlines and sleeker styles. Dresses were featuring cut outs, designs and the material was getting sheerer. 

The LBD has survived the the passage of time and has emerged as an ever changing but constant theme. The wildly popular cast of SATC-Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte even posed in LBDs on the cover of season one's DVD proving just that.

I think Wallis Warfield Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, summed it up best when she said.. "When a little black dress is right, there is nothing else to wear in its place." 


fabulous finds said...

"My legs get longer, my bosom gets bigger, and my butt gets smaller" ahhh...the power of the lbd...great post...

Gigi's Consignment Closet said...

fabulous finds-The power of the LBD is great. I bow to it's awesomeness. :)

Fiction Vixen said...

Ahh lovely. You know I don't think I currently own a little black dress. O_o

Gigi's Consignment Closet said...

FV-Oh noes. Every woman needs an LBD. Go forth and buy one young lady!