BSL Access Evening: Beyond the Little Black Dress
Hosted in: BSL – led by Barbara Brown
Duration: 90 minutes
Age Suitability: 8+ (guideline)
Price: Free – £13
From design classics to cutting-edge catwalk creations, Beyond the Little Black Dress deconstructs this iconic garment and examines the radical power of the colour black in fashion. In 1926 Coco Chanel designed a simple, short black dress. Considered radically modern, it disregarded convention in its design and shade and was hailed by US Vogue as “the frock that all the world will wear.”
The little black dress became a wardrobe staple and a blank canvas for future generations to reflect broader political and cultural shifts, challenge social norms around race, gender and sexuality, reflecting evolving ideals of beauty and identity.