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Little Black Dress


Defined by the simplest parameters—color and shape—yet voluminous in possibility, the little black dress is personalised by the designer who imagined it and the woman who wears it. In one silhouette it can capture a woman’s allure, and in one evening worn provide her with a reservoir of memories. It can sum up in one wardrobe reconnaissance the way you wore the way you were. A little black dress in any other color could dent a reputation; in black it can only elevate one. Whether made from the most superior fabrics, or designed in cutting-edge neoprene, the little black dress maintains its status as the game-changer, the free spirit and pleasure-seeker (Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy in Breakfast at Tiffany’s), the career-launcher (Elizabeth Hurley in Versace), the going-for-broke risk-taker (Virginie Gautreau as Madame X), inevitably revealing truths about the women who have chosen to wear one. SCAD’s premiere fashion exhibition, Little Black Dress, at André Leon Talley’s namesake gallery in the museum, presents a timeless anthology, with each dress included in the show and catalogue an eloquent translation of an enduring icon. Three original essays offer personal histories in praise of the little black dress. An introduction by André Leon Talley and a foreword by Paula Wallace complete this exquisite volume. Together with a stunning collection of images, this book promises to present a singularly elegant portfolio.

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