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Former Vogue Contributing Editor

Current Editor- at- Large at Numero Russia

Museum Curator


Meet … the fabulous Andre Leon Talley (A.L.T.)

(image from scadmoa.org):

andre leon tally

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


LBD Highlights

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):

carolina herrera, a/2007, lbd

by Carolina Herrera:   The Queen of the CSW (crisp white shirt)

Fall 2007

(image from stylebistro.com):

Stella McCartney Fall 2011

by Stella McCartney, Fall 2011

(image from style.com)

Alexander McQueen, LBD, s/2008

by Alexander McQueen, Spring 2008

Badgley Mischka, LBD, prefall 2013

by Badgley Mischka, Pre-Fall 2013


Little Black Dress

Exhibition at the Mona Bismarck American Centre for Art and Culture

Paris, France

Until 22 September 2013

(imagine from nytimes.com)