Little Black Dress

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on September 19th, 2012

Ralph Lauren Collection, Fall 2011
black silk embroidered art deco evening dress

André Leon Talley, the venerable if eccentric former Editor-at-Large and current Contributing Editor for Vogue magazine can really do no wrong as far as I’m concerned. From his outlandish capes to his outspoken nature and controversial statements, Talley is nothing if not endlessly entertaining. And he does have a fabulous eye. One of the most memorable moments from the excellent documentary The September Issue was Talley’s enviable tennis outfit which included a diamond encrusted Piaget watch and a mammoth Louis Vuitton beach towel slung over his shoulders with not a hint of irony. Since Talley is a man of many talents I was not surprised to learn that he’s added curator to his list of professions and will be presenting an exhibition this fall at the Savannah College of Art and Design. The show, which opens on September 28th, will trace the historic and contemporary importance of the little black dress. More than merely an exhibition of pretty clothes, Talley uses the changing nature of dress design as an entry point to unravel a larger social history of the 20th and 21st centuries. Featuring iconic dresses from some of the fashion world’s most revered designers including Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Prabel Gurung, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Givenchy, this exhibition promises to be well worth a visit. Many of the black dresses have interesting provenance as well, having been worn by the likes of Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Sarah Jessica Parker.


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