It’s not often that one encounters a fashion exhibit dedicated to something so classic and relevant today. André Leon Talley, formerly of Vogue and currently editor-at-large of Numéro Russia curated the Little Black Dress exhibit, which was organized by the Savannah College of Art and Design and is currently on view in Paris at the Mona Bismark American Center.
Tom Ford, Fall 11/12
Showcasing 50 LBD’s, the exhibit is a concise edit of the classic wardrobe staple. It successfully illustrates “contemporary significance of a singular sartorial phenomenon” by featuring a sort of best-of LBDs from modern fashion designers. Highlights include Chanel’s Ford style that brought on the trend in 1926 to the Givenchy dress that Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, along with an assortment of contemporary designs by the likes of Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and Tom Ford. While it was delightful to see some dresses I knew from recent collections, the most compelling part of the exhibit is that literally every dress could be worn today and not look out of place. In an age of fast trends and the next-big-thing, it was ultimately refreshing to be surrounded by a wardrobe staple that commands no such season.
Oscar de la Renta, Fall 12/13
Ralph Lauren, Fall 11/12
Carolina Herrera, Cruise 2013; Yves Saint Laurent, Fall99/00; Ulyana Sergeenko, Fall 12/13; Chanel, Haute Couture Spring 86
Vera Wang, F12/13; Cushnie et Ochs, Cruise 2013; Giambattista Valli, Spring 11
UNTIL September 22, 2013 – Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 6pm