As one of fashion’s true icons, the little black dress has been a timeless treasure adorned by fashion-forward celebrities throughout pop culture history. From Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy Gown in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Victoria Beckham as Posh Spice, the little black dress has remained relevant in the fashion world as a classic wardrobe staple.
The black dress rose to fame in the 1920’s thanks to Coco Chanel. A trend setter and innovative designer, Chanel rejected mainstream fashion norms and curated groundbreaking statement styles like the little black dress. In 1926 her design graced the cover of Vogue, the model adorning a simple black dress constructed in crêpe de Chine. Finished with a string of pearls and long sleeves, Vogue named the dress ‘Chanel’s Ford’ because it was luxurious yet simple and accessible to women of all social classes, just like Henry Ford’s recently produced cars of the time. Calling it “a uniform for all women of taste,” Vogue’s prediction was accurate as the little black dress has become an iconic piece throughout fashion history.
Coco Chanel's popularising of the little black dress has allowed it to become a symbol of style and sophistication. Women redefined fashion with the simple beauty of a black dress and it became one of fashion’s true icons. Simple, versatile and elegant, we have looked back at the history behind the little black dress and curated our favourite collection of timeless styles.
The Retro A-Line Dress
The Marchesa is the perfect example of a classic style that is reminiscent of retro vintage glamour. With a flared A-line skirt, it boasts a feminine silhouette that will never go out of style. The full skirt is heightened with soft spots on mesh, giving a delicate finish that is timeless and elegant. Pair with pump heels and a hair accessory for a look that is ready for your next event, race day or gala.
The Touch of Sparkle Dress
Decorated in gold lurex, the Diva Gown adds extra sparkle to your black dress collection. With knot detailing around the waist, this look is perfect to cover, or even flaunt a tummy - our pregnant customers love this dress! The stretch fabric provides an all day comfortable fit. The Diva is the ultimate party dress that will make a bold statement at your next formal event. Wear it with stilettos and bright, gold earrings.
The Strapless Gown
Popularised in the 1930’s by designers like Dior, a strapless gown is a wardrobe essential for your next event. Designed with a black-tie occasion in mind, our Hope Gown is a sleek yet an understated elegant dress. With intricate detailing at the waist for shape and depth, the Hope alludes to Hepburn head-turning glamour. The Hope can be worn up or down depending on your jewellery choice. For a sultry look, opt for red lipstick and jewel toned accessories.
The Off-the-Shoulder Dress
The off-the-shoulder style dates back to early couture fashion, but is a continuing trend in evening fashion. Our Modena Gown combines modern style with a classic silhouette, for a floor skimming dress that will ensure all eyes are on you. Hugging and highlighting your figure in the right places, the Modena is trimmed with feathers for an extra touch to create a refined off-the-shoulder style.