1. The little black dress
For centuries, black clothes were associated with mourning or mystery and piety. In 1926 all that changed when Coco Chanel used the colour in fashion, and the little black dress was born.
Chanel created a garment that was meant to be elegant but wearable, neutral in colour, long-lasting and versatile.
Almost a century, and numerous reinventions later, few women are without some version of an enduring style icon.
2. Where it began
Dame Zandra Rhodes, one of Britain's leading couturiers, gives a peek inside her studio, while Sonnet Stanfill, fashion curator at the V&A explains how a risque painting may have inspired a timeless classic.
3. The original LBD
The little black dress owes some of it's worldwide reputation and success to the French couturier Coco Chanel.
Her intention for her 1926 garment was that it should be available to the widest possible market. Her creation revolutionised fashion.
The dress was dubbed 'The Ford' by Vogue magazine, a reference to Henry Ford's reputed slogan for his Model T car, ‘available in any colour…so long as it’s black.'
It's been constantly reinvented and modified to reflect current trends, but remains as essential a part of women's wardrobes as ever.
5. Iconic dress designs and cuts
Click through the history of iconic little black dresses to see the timeless dress designs and cuts..
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6. What do colours symbolise?
Black seems to be an ever popular fashion favorite. But what about other colours?