LBD is an acronym which has been used as the nickname for little black dress. According to fashion historians, the genesis of the regime of the little black dress can be traced back to the 1920s designs of famous designer Coco C, the owner of the high-fashion brand. However, it was only during the 1950s to 60s that the LBD became the staple high-end fashion item for women because of Audrey Hepburn, one of America’s legendary screen actresses, who popularized the LBD with her waif-like and elfin gamine features. In many of her movies, particularly the classic film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, Hepburn was wearing a little black dress all throughout the film. If you could just picture out how good she looked right at that moment, you would want to pull her out of the screen, throw her into the red carpet and give the Hollywood stars of today a run for their own money – that was how good she looked wearing the LBD. It was eternally her style. She owned it.
Since then, the iconic LBD is seen everywhere – from the streets of fashion Meccas such as New York, Paris and London, the fashion runways, and to the red carpets of Hollywood. Everybody wants to have the little black dress, but most importantly, everybody wants to look good wearing it. Again, tracing back to the popularity of Audrey Hepburn, many women are going out of their way trying to lose weight just so they could look as ghostly thin and long-limbed like Audrey Hepburn. It has become a tradition that if you want to pull off the LBD, you have to be stick-skinny.
But why is the LBD so popular? Is it just because a famous American star dragged it along as her signature fashion statement? Or is it because the LBD itself is so iconic that everyone who wears it transforms into an haute couture chameleon? After years and years of search, fashion geniuses have come up with the answer. The little black dress is popular for one simple thing: in a world whose opinions about beauty is very much affected by the media, and the definition of beauty is ideally having not even an ounce of body fat in sight, the little black dress symbolizes what all women wanted to be… fierce, driven, sophisticated, but silently dangerous.
So whether your fashion inspirations are all affected by how media defines beauty and fashion, or whether you are simply an Audrey Hepburn fan, the little black dress is your weapon. The LBD is the hidden formula for instantaneously transforming a girl into a woman, a farm damsel into a city chic, and an ordinary-looking belle to an intimidating femme. It is all up to the woman who wears it. All that matters is that the LBD is one fashion item that will never go out of trend, and that is for sure.