Rwanda : How little black dress made it to 2010 fashion runaways
You have heard about little black dress (LBD), you have seen it in different styles and you probably own one. Little black dresses are worn by women in Rwanda like in other countries around the world. The question is, how did it come to be an essential to a complete wardrobe by many women and fashion observers?
Fashion historians ascribe the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel, who intended it to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable, and accessible to the widest market possible and in a neutral colour.
Fashionistas believe it as a “rule of fashion” that every woman should own a simple, elegant black dress that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
Because it is meant to be a staple of the wardrobe for a number of years, the style of the little black dress ideally should be as simple as possible as evidenced in the evolution of the dress from 1926 to 1988 and to date. Today, we showcase the changing journey of the little black dress from 1988 to 2010.
1994: Naomi Campbell on the catwalk for Chanel, modeling Lagerfeld’s brief take on the LBD.
1994: Elizabeth Hurley wears Gianni Versace’s notorious version of the fashion standard of the little black dress.
1994: Princess Diana wears stunning, low-cut black LBD that she had worn in her public debut as Prince Charles’ fiancée.
1998: With her chic sensibility, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy epitomizes spare elegance.
1999: Calista Flockhart’s dress is a step back to another time, recalling the luxurious skirts and lowered hems of the New Look.
2002: At the other end of the LBD spectrum, Kate Moss’s minimalistic interpretation is nothing if not edgy.
2008: Madonna is almost demure in latter-day Christian Dior.
2009: Michelle Obama wears a lovely, ladylike black dress with a modernized ’50s silhouette.
2009: Penelope Cruz shows everything old is new again: a gorgeously simple sheath with a below-the-knee hem.
2010: One of the most talked about dresses of the year, Heidi Klum’s very little black dress.
With style, little black dresses come in different designs, hues of black and in all sizes. It is possible to have one tailored according to your sense of style, but be among the people that mind their wardrobes with all seasons dress.