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LITTLE BLACK DRESS: FROM MOURNING TO NIGHT. Shannon Meyer. Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 2016. Distributed by University of Chicago Press. 160 pp. with 75 col. ills. 26 x 21 cm. ISBN 9781883982843 In English.
Publisher's description: What's the most important garment in a woman's closet? More often than not, the answer is "the little black dress." For decades, fashion magazines have touted the LBD as the perfect solution to almost every fashion crisis. Dressed up or down, with flats or heels, statement jewelry or a subdued jacket, the little black dress can be worn anywhere, for any occasion. Where did the little black dress come from? And how did black become the color of choice for every occasion? In Little Black Dress, Shannon Meyer answers these questions by offering a visual history of the black dress, illustrating its transformation from a traditional mourning garment to the fashion staple it is today. Beginning with the Victorian era, Meyer describes how widows were required to wear plain black clothing with no decoration for one year and a day, as a symbol of full mourning. This gave way to concepts such as "ordinary" and "half" mourning that allowed for different fabrics and embellishments. Then, in the early twentieth century, women began to slowly adopt black into their everyday wardrobe, and, in the 1920s, Coco Chanel launched her revolutionary first line of black dresses, advertising them as versatile, affordable, and fashionable choices for women.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Costume/Fashion
Plans: 71,75,30
Worldwide Number: 082325
Paperbound $35.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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