Former Vogue Contributing Editor
Current Editor- at- Large at Numero Russia
Meet … the fabulous Andre Leon Talley (A.L.T.)
(image from scadmoa.org):
A.L.T. has penned a wonderfully informative, photograph- filled book
chronicling the origin of the LBD (little black dress) and its
varied re-interpretations by contemporary designers.
This new tome by Mr. Talley, appropriately entitled, Little Black Dress
accompanies the exhibition, by the same title, which premiered at
the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Museum.
The show has travelled to Paris and is now at
The Bismarck American Centre for Art and Culture.
Mr. Talley, a trustee of SCAD, curated both exhibits.
The book and exhibition pays homage to the LBD as the garment of
simplicity, elegance, versatility, accessibility – a signature of dress perfection.
Credited as the creation of fashion visionary, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (1926) –
the LBD is a wardrobe essential,
which continues to evolve.
(image from guestofaguest.com):
Little Black Dress
by Andre Leon Talley
(photographs by Adams Kuehl)
published by Skira Rizzoli, New York, 2012
The original LBD: Coco Chanel designs a “garconne-style”
practical day dress (1926). American Vogue accurately predicts
” (the dress will be) the frock that all the world will wear”
It was dubbed ‘Chanel’s Ford Dress’ after the Ford motorcar, which was
in great demand and came only in black, due to paint supply difficulties.
What was initially a design for practical-wear
has become a high-statement garment of continual
aesthetic innovative revisions …
as such embracing the spirit of
Coco Chanel’s design philosophy.
(image from glamourdaze.com):
The actress Audrey Hepburn in character as Holly Golightly in the movie classic
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961
Cocktail dress by Hubert de Givenchy
Sold at auction in 2006 for 467,200 BPS (British pound sterling)
(image from washingtonpost.com):
This black satin gown by Hubert de Givenchy – worn by Ms. Hepburn
in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
was part of the Hollywood Costume Exhibition at the
Victoria and Albert Museum, London (autumn 2012)
(image by style.com):
by Carolina Herrera: The Queen of the CSW (crisp white shirt)
(image from stylebistro.com):
by Stella McCartney, Fall 2011
(image from style.com)
by Alexander McQueen, Spring 2008
by Badgley Mischka, Pre-Fall 2013
Little Black Dress
Exhibition at the Mona Bismarck American Centre for Art and Culture
Until 22 September 2013
(imagine from nytimes.com)