Little Black Dress

In 1926 Coco Chanel designed a simple, short black dress described by US Vogue as “the frock that all the world will wear.” Nearly a century later, the ‘little black dress’ has become a wardrobe staple, a symbol of femininity and a byword for chic.

26 Jun - 25 Oct 2020


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National Museum of Scotland www.nms.ac.uk
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National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
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Opening Times:
Mon10:00am - 5:00pm
Tue10:00am - 5:00pm
Wed10:00am - 5:00pm
Thu10:00am - 5:00pm
Fri10:00am - 5:00pm
Sat10:00am - 5:00pm
Sun10:00am - 5:00pm

Little Black Dress will tell the story of an iconic garment in high fashion. It will consider the role it has played in society and look at how technology is enabling designers to challenge entrenched notions of classical dress to upgrade the little black dress for the future.

Juxtaposing classic pieces with cutting-edge examples, the exhibition will explore themes ranging from seduction and rebellion to intellectualism and witchcraft.

On display will be 60 iconic looks, including historic pieces by fashion houses such as Chanel and Dior alongside recent work by contemporary designers like Gareth Pugh, Christopher Kane, and Comme des Garçons.


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