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Little Black Dress LBD

The little black dress, the essential wardrobe staple that every woman, we are told, must own.  As much as we’d like to defy this well-known fashion law, we have to admit that an LBD in our lives is often precisely what we need.  The 1920’s is the decade where the height of hemlines first meant that any dress could be described as ‘little’.  Within this decade, Jean Patou and Coco Chanel were both producing little simple dresses to dress up or down the style of which, every woman could aspire to achieve.  The little black dress was therefore something of a classic the moment it was born and when Chanel’s dress featured in Vogue, they quipped: ‘Here is a Ford signed by Chanel’ referring to the wildly popular mass produced Ford motor car of the time.  Since then, the LBD has reappeared in many guises as the decades have progressed and yet its role in a woman’s wardrobe has barely altered.  Black had been a colour always universally used as flattering and practical but also carried associations with mourning.  Now, in the 20th century, it broke free as the highest form of elegance and style which could be accessorised to express the wearer’s personality or mood.  We therefore have a lot to choose from when looking for your perfect vintage black dress.

Some of the most imitated and admired fashion moments of the 20th century feature a little black dress.  Most famous among them is the black dress designed by Hubert Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn in her early 1960's role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Ironically, there was not much little about the length of this black maxi dress!  The hemline was altered by costume designer Edith Head for the film.  However, it remains the best known vintage little black dress of all time.  More recently, the empowering effect of the LBD was proved by Princess Diana, who famously turned heads in a classic 1990’s ruched number with a sweetheart neckline on the night Prince Charles admitted his infidelity to the world.  These are two very different dresses and an LBD has no fixed shape or form.  You can have a midi little black dress, a little black dress with pockets, a little black dress with sleeves, a little backless black dress, a mini little black dress.  Even when their style ascribes them to a certain time, the understated glamour of black makes vintage little black dresses utterly wearable and a great investment in vintage fashion.

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Valentino Silk-Blend Black Evening Dress With Buckle Detail - 2000s

Style Keyword : Dresses > Maxi ,Label 1 : Womens > Dresses ,Womens > VALENTINO,Womens > Maxi ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,Size : 8 UK (marked) / 4 (US) - please refer to ,

Alberta Ferretti Wool dress

Style Keyword : Dresses ,Label 1 : Womens > Dresses,Womens > Alberta Ferretti ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,Size : 46 ,

Gucci Velvet dress

Style Keyword : Dresses ,Label 1 : Womens > Dresses,Womens > Gucci ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,Size : 40 ,

Alexander McQueen Black dress

Style Keyword : Dresses ,Label 1 : Womens > Dresses,Womens > Alexander McQueen ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,Size : S ,

Yves Saint Laurent Wool dress

Style Keyword : Dresses ,Label 1 : Womens > Dresses,Womens > Yves Saint Laurent ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,Size : M ,

Marni Gray White Black Silk Sleeveless Sheath Dress Size 38

Style Keyword : Dresses ,Label 1 : Womens > Dresses,Womens > Marni ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,Size : S ,

Max Mara Black Cotton A Line Dress Knee Lenght Sz 46 It 12 Usa

Style Keyword : Dresses ,Label 1 : Womens > Dresses,Womens > MAX MARA ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,Size : M ,

Dolce & Gabbana Black Jersey One Shoulder Dress W/ Cut Out Detail Size 38

Style Keyword : Dresses ,Label 1 : Womens > Dresses,Womens > DOLCE & GABBANA ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,Size : S ,

Jean-Louis Scherrer 1960s Beaded Black Cocktail Dress

A rare and early Jean-Louis Scherrer little black dress from the mid 60s with elaborate beading.

Pierre Balmain 1960s Seersucker Tie Waist Black Vintage Dress

Balmain dress striped seersucker type fabric with a overhanging bodice tied at the waist with incorporated tapes

Zandra Rhodes 1980s Silk Taffeta Black and Gold Painted Vintage Cocktail Dress

Zandra Rhodes 1980's cocktail dress with ruched asymmetric ruched bodice and gold screen printed taffeta tulle petticoat skirt

Vintage 1940s Crepe & cotton Black Vintage Midi Dress

Black 1940's dress with cotton short sleeve floral top and plain crepe skirt with pleated hem

Jeanne Paquin 1950s Squiggle Sequin Black Vintage Cocktail Dress

Jeanne Paquin cocktail dress with a squiggle pattern of sequins all over, short sleeves and V neck

Christian Dior 1990s Monochrome Wrap Top Black Vintage Evening Ensemble

Christian Dior two piece evening ensemble with a black and white printed wrap top and black skirt

Janice Wainwright 1970s Velvet Trim Black Vintage Midi Dress

Janice Wainwright black dress with long sleeves, wide neck and velvet trim

Chloe Silk Taffeta Draped Deconstructed Bow Dress

A stunning evening / party dress by Chloé in a silk taffeta.

Vintage 1940s classic double hem decorative collar black dress

A 1940s Midi Dress with Double Hem and Decorative Collar

Christian Dior By John Galliano Black Halterneck Sheath Dress W/ Knots 36

Style Keyword : Dresses ,Label 1 : Womens > Dresses,Womens > Christian Dior ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,Size : S ,

Alexander Mcqueen A/W 2001 Rare Black vintage Jersey Dress

A rare Alexander McQueen dress from the Fall 2001 'What a Merry Go Round' collection

Louis Feraud 1980s velvet & wool black vintage cocktail dress

Elegant black draped cocktail dress by Louis Féraud from the 1980's

Montana 1990s beaded black wool vintage dress

Very cool black beaded dress by Claude Montana from the early 1990s

Vintage 1960s Black Beaded Mini Dress

A chic 1960s black cocktail dress made of net and beaded with floral sprays

Marion Michaels 1940s green & black vintage Dress

Green & Black printed dress with gathered collar by Marion Michaels

Vintage wool crepe bow detail black dress

Chic little black vintage dress with oversized bow detailing

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