What the black dress and the female empowerment have in common

Elegance and Simplicity in Black

Fashion is an element of behaviourism. We easily translate our thoughts, beliefs and desires through the fabric, material, design and colors we choose to wear, to show ourselves to the world. More than a powerful tool of communication without words, fashion evolves hand in hand with humanity, telling the life style of each period in beautiful details. That’s what happened with the traditional must-have of all decades: the Little Black Dress (LBD).


Figure 1 Image from Medium

This simple and chic piece of clothes was introduced by world-famous Coco Chanel, who entitled this timeless trend as Little Black Dress. Chanel’s work of art was published on Vogue in 1926 (see picture bellow). The dress had a lovely sense of minimal outfit with a pinch of statement accessories. It was simple and comfortable, but elegant and powerful at the same time. It was perfectly balanced to alert all women that clothes will never give us more tools of beauty than our own attitudes, but it contributes in a delightful way, just like a touch of rose.

Although it carries the concept of a practical and simple dress, in that time the LBD was considered a sophisticated piece of clothing, which women of high society would wear in different occasions due to its versatility.

However, as this subtle dress has already been seen many times in history, decade after decade it became more and more popular. Some of the occasions we can easily find a woman in LBD are: during the Great Depression as it is an easy way to be seen as pretty; in World War II as part of uniforms of business wear; in the rise of feminism, seen as a symbol of a dangerous and strong woman and also in different Hollywood movies.

The movie that gave major notoriety to the Little Black Dress wasBreakfast at Tiffany’s”. This romantic comedy film made the black dress as popular and remarkable as never before. As soon as the movie was released, different women all over the world aspired to have that simple and sexy dress named “The black Givenchy dress” worn by the actress Audrey Hepburn.

Figure 2 Image from Pintrest

After almost a hundred years this cocktail dress was shown to the world, it is still a must have in most wardrobes, being easily found in sophisticated stores or in fast fashion shops; in short, long, midi length; from low-cut to long neck; in grunge, high-low and chic styles, but always in black, and always reminding us that simple can also be strong, because the strength does not come from the clothes, it comes from within.


Figure 3 Image from Lulu and Sky / Figure 4 Image from Bewakoof/ Figure 5 Image from Missguided        

   Lumi Hemmi

Training Coord, Fashion Lover, Concretism Poetry Writer and Dreamer.

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