Believe it or not black clothing was extremely expensive and unaffordable for most women. The reason being was that it was very costly and labor intensive to dye fabric black. There were rules for dyeing black fabrics and laws that specified who could wear black. Only the wealthy could to wear black clothing and black clothing became a status symbol. A synthetic black dye was created at the end of the 19th century that made black fabric affordable for the modern woman. In 1926 Chanel popularized the LBD (little Black Dress). Coco Chanel was responsible for black dresses becoming design standards and a must have in our wardrobes today.
“The Little Black Dress” has been described as sophisticated, sexy, provocative, chic, elegant, practical, seductive, correct, and ageless. The fashion designer, Christian Dior, said ” You can wear black at any time. You can wear it at any age. You may wear it on almost any occasion. A little black frock is essential to a woman’s wardrobe.” What’s great about “The Little Black Dress” is that it looks fabulous with or without jewelry. You can wear a scarf with it for an interesting effect and it doesn’t show dirt if you take it traveling. In addition black is slimming so you’ll look a few pounds less when wearing it. * The Duchess of Windsor