Little Black Dress

Here we want to link to this curious exhibition, with a particular theme, charting the historic and contemporary significance of a singular sartorial phenomenon.

It will take place at the SCAD Museum of Art, from the Sept. 28 2012 to Jan. 27 2013and it will “showcase the divergent and individual manifestations of the little black dress across this modern century and the last,” said André Leon Talley, curator of the show. He continues: “This exhibition celebrates the little black dress in its myriad forms, from the pleated Fortuny dress of the late C.Z. Guest, a style icon and great friend; to the impossibly elegant Madame Grès silk crepe de chine dress from 1977; to Carolina Herrera’s black silk faille dress, a personal favorite she designed for herself this year”.

Ralph Lauren Collection, Fall 2011, black silk embroidered art deco evening dress (Chrysler bldg). Photo courtesy of SCAD.

Tracing the bold curve of social history across the 20th and 21st centuries, Little Black Dress explores the evolution of a definitive yet democratic style that, for more than a century, has embodied the shifting social tides of the modern world. In its ubiquity and versatility, the little black dress has delivered some of the most indelible images of our visual age. Endlessly appropriated and translated, each dress is imbued with the value of its day—from service to independence, from restraint to temptation, from glamour to grace.

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A Mariano Fortuny black silk Delphos gown.

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