This book is aimed at all those readers who love fashion, those with a passion for dresses and who are curious about the process of turning an idea into a garment.
This book is unique insofar as all featured garments are short, black dresses. Why? Because out of the countless aesthetic designs and styles on the market, we decided to pay homage to the petite robe noire first devised by Chanel, which in English we call the ‘little black dress’. On account of its versatility, it is a staple in the wardrobe of all women. It can be worn to a cocktail party, to the office or out shopping, simply by adding a few accessories suitable for the occasion. It is a dress that allows each woman to adapt it to her own style so that, even where there are two similar dresses, they will never be fully identical because each will make it her own.
The history of this dress begins in 1926, with the great Coco Chanel, since when almost all designers have had a go at reinventing it. One of the most memorable and iconic examples is the dress created by Givenchy in 1961 for Audrey Hepburn in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Over the years, the little black dress has evolved according to the prevailing trend – for example, in the nineties, the decade of minimalism, focus returned to the original design. But while its shape has been adapted – becoming more or less tight-fitting or adopting a higher or lower neckline – it has always maintained its classic length, simplicity and elegance. The little back dress is a dress that still represents, like no other, the impeccable easy elegance of our throwaway age – the concept that gave rise to the original dress – and deserves its place in the firmament of fashion.