My little black dress, just a drape over Gillian along with my Icebreaker wool shift dress.
I decided to design my own little black dress and as you can see I decided to start playing with different ideas by draping the jersey fabric around my dress form that my son named Gillian.
- The wrap with a slight lift/collar.
- A-line hem, starting from the knee to mid calf.
- Cap sleeves.
- Wrap will fall above the breast line not below
- A light drape to give the neck line a cowl feel.
- Gathering on the side seam.
Influential People who I think made this dress what it is today
Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
This lady wore the little black dress perfectly, and set a standard of dress for a lot of women in her era. Notice the black gloves instead of the traditional white. The designer of this dress is Hurbert de Givenchy for Breakfast at Tiffany’s 1961.
Coco Chanel broke social boundaries’ in women’s fashion.
I won’t even pretend to know everything about this women but I will say I admire her determination to be who she envisioned. She stepped out of the restrictive traditions and did it with style and I’m sure quite a bit of sass as well. She set her standard of dress and lived her life as she saw it and took us with her. Stepping out of the corset that caged women she gave us freedom in fashion/dress. Coco started off as a simple milliner to a fashion icon of women’s attire.
Coco Chanel Quotes that have influenced me
Why is less more, for me Coco stripped women of garish amounts of jewelry/fabric and the corset. Using chosen pieces of jewelry to accentuate an outfit but not overwhelm the dress, she made life simple but elegant with jersey and threw the corset away.
For what ever reason the little black dress is important, we’ve made it so! It would never have taken off if we had not been so taken with it. Black is no longer in mourning, that was done away with long time ago. The elegant silhouette whether you dress it up or down has made its place firmly our wardrobe and most women have one or two hanging up.
Whether a mother, fashion icon or era. These play a part in what we will wear, so who influenced you?
If you’re interested on the history of LBD here is a great article, 1926 to 2010.
By: Real Simple (A Short History of the Little Black Dress)