The Little Black Dress is a simple dress without any ornamentation. It may be evening cocktail dress, business dress or dress for all occasions. Its simplicity, strictness and elegance always attract attention and make its owner incredibly charming. However, jewelry, collars, and other accessories are acceptable as they give an additional charm to one’s appearance and emphasize one's personality. The Little Black Dress was introduced in the 1920s by the famous fashion designer Coco Chanel. It is comfortable, elegant, flexible, dainty, affordable, and usually made in a neutral color (black).
Women’s wardrobe is considered incomplete without a little black dress. Such a dress is always fashionable and stylish no matter for what occasion it is worn. The real Little Black Dress is simple middle length dress as a short dress is not always suitable.
The Little Black Dress has become popular during the period of Great Depression because of the need to save and desire to be always elegant. The Little Black Dress gained its popularity in the North America under the Hollywood's influence on fashion. However, its biggest popularity was rather caused by practical reasons than by fashionable ones. Technicolor movies became widespread and the filmmakers dressed their actresses in the black gowns, because other colors looked distorted and deformed on the screen spoiling the coloring process. During the World War II, in spite of rationing and economic problems, women found the ways to look beautiful for the sake of their clothes. However, the Little Black Dress was not used so often.
It was Christian Dior and his New Look, which made a revolution during the post-war time. The gowns of that time were waisted and reached the knees. They created a lean and little bit boyish image of woman.
There was no difference between the breadth of the waist and hips, and the breasts were hidden. The shoes were with a strap, high heeled and four inches tall. The hairstyles were bobbed under the small, shallow hats with the upturned brims. In 1931, the skirts were to be worn with belts. The boned brassiere was created in order to underline the breast. The attention was paid to the more feminine and natural beauty. Women always wanted to be fashionable and have extravagant, optimistic, brash and stylish clothes.
The Little Black Dress was not only for the more conservative women. On the contrary, its length was a symbol of dangerous and fatal woman. With the production of synthetic fibers, the variety of designs of the Little Black Dress broadened and its style depended on the social status of the woman, her tastes and character.
Chanel suit is a classic, conservative women’s suit created by Gabrielle Chanel in the 1920s. At first, the suit consisted of the cardigan style jacket without collar. The1960s version was made of plaid fabric with a braid trim. In 1930s, Chanel suit had squarish and modest lines. The buttons resembled gold coins. In the waist of the skirt, there was always a narrow strip or a ribbon. The zipper was on the side of the skirt, and it was much more comfortable for wearing. The skirt was knee-length; the suit could be decorated with embroidery.
Jacqueline Kennedy was the first who wore the Chanel suit in 1960s. Jackie's famous pink suit will engrave forever in the American fashion world and remind happy moments of Kennedy Administration. Chez Ninon, the New York Boutique created the suit in 1961. The dress was the copy of the Chanel pink wool suit with a navy blue collar. The hat was a necessary accessory of this suit.
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