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Author Meyer, Shannon, 1974- author.

Title Little black dress : from mourning to night / Shannon Meyer.

Publication Info. St. Louis : Missouri History Museum Press, [2016]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    391.472 MEY    Available
Description 160 pages ; 26 cm
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Note "Designed to accompany an exhibit ... at the Missouri History Museum"--Back cover.
"Distributed by University of Chicago Press."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary "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. As Meyer shows, other designers quickly followed suit, and black has since prevailed as a universal, ever appropriate, always fashionable choice. Richly illustrated with seventy full-color photos of dresses and accessories spanning 150 years, and including information about the designer, original owner, and historical context for each, readers will find Little Black Dress a stylish guide to this wardrobe essential. Designed to accompany an exhibit by the same name at the Missouri History Museum, the book will impress historians and fashionistas alike"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Mourning Traditions -- Degrees of Mourning -- Expressions of Grief -- Early Uses of Black in Fashion -- Coco Chanel and the Little Black Dress -- Black and Everyday Versatility -- Black at Night.
Subject Dresses -- History -- Exhibitions.
Dresses -- History -- Pictorial works -- Exhibitions.
Black -- Social aspects -- History -- Exhibitions.
Color in clothing -- Social aspects -- History -- Exhibitions.
Black -- Psychological aspects -- History -- Exhibitions.
Mourning customs -- History -- Exhibitions.
Fashion -- History -- Exhibitions.
Fashion designers -- History -- Exhibitions.
Added Author Missouri History Museum, host institution, issuing body.
ISBN 9781883982843 paperback
1883982847 paperback

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