Dear Shaded Viewers and Diane,
Funerals and fashion week aside, the LBD is one of the most enduring garments worn by women on a daily basis. There is in its simplicity an intangible allure; it has the ability to be both understated yet striking. It is this phenomenon that the new exhibition, Little Black Dress, celebrates. Curated by Andre Leon Talley, the exhibition includes some fifty dresses from the world's most revered designers, each chronicling the evolution of the LBD over the course of the last two centuries. An exceptional selection of dresses documents the way in which designers use black as a platform allowing for their experimentation in texture and silhouette, as well as the subtle tonal differences that black creates on different textiles.
As someone who tends to steer clear of black, this exhibition has gone some way to making me reconsider my perhaps inane aversion to this timeless icon.
Little Black Dress is presented at the Mona Bismarck American Centre for art and culture, from July 3rd until September 22nd 2013.