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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

The story of the little black dress

Vinod Nair, Hindustan Times   July 11, 2013
First Published: 17:54 IST(11/7/2013) | Last Updated: 22:58 IST(11/7/2013)

Call it the singular sartorial phenomenon of the last century or the absolute must in a chic woman’s wardrobe, little black dress, or LBD as it is fondly called, attracts ladies in big numbers.

And, tracing the evolution of the dress through style generations, The Savannah College of Arts & Design (SCAD) held an exhibition, Little Black Dress, curated by American Vogue’s former contributing editor and a trustee of SCAD, Andre Leon Talley. The Parisienne chic set marched towards its venue, Mona Bismark American Centre in Paris recently. SCAD, after having done a similar exhibition in Savannah, flew in over 50 outfits from various designers for the event.

“It’s all about the individual’s expression, the way one feels and how one wants to convey the style. When we did the same in Savannah, the next step was to take it to another destination,” said the legendary Talley who collected the pieces from various designers for the exhibition.

The creations on display, contributed by Chanel, Tom Ford, Prada, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, Norma Kamali, Prabal Gurung and Lady Gaga, spelt style through the eyes of these well-known designers. The exhibits, in varied lengths and silhouettes (Stella McCartney’s creation for Rihanna and the Chantilly lace outfit made by Tom Ford for Lady Gaga), and not necessarily all of them in just black, have been attracting several visitors since the event’s opening last week.
“It can be anything...the way one feels individually… I love the idea of Little Black Dress and I would love to take this event to Russia, China and even India,” Talley said.


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