Little Black Dress
26 Jun - 25 Oct 2020
Exhibition gallery 1, Level 3
In 1926 Coco Chanel designed a simple, short black dress described by US Vogue as “the frock that all the world will wear.” Nearly a century later, the ‘little black dress’ has become a wardrobe staple, a symbol of femininity and a byword for chic.
Little Black Dress will tell the story of an iconic garment in high fashion. It will consider the role it has played in society and look at how technology is enabling designers to challenge entrenched notions of classical dress to upgrade the little black dress for the future.
Juxtaposing classic pieces with cutting-edge examples, the exhibition will explore themes ranging from seduction and rebellion to intellectualism and witchcraft.
On display will be 60 iconic looks, including historic pieces by fashion houses such as Chanel and Dior alongside recent work by contemporary designers like Gareth Pugh, Christopher Kane, and Comme des Garçons.
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