There is nothing that makes a classic and sophisticated statement as that little black dress.

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I have created many unique handmade jewellery designs that will compliment a little black dress, some of them handmade from semi-precious black coloured stones like Black Onyx and Rainbow Obsidian and other unique and unusual jewellery designs handcrafted from brightly coloured semi-precious stone set with crystals and pearls.There is nothing that showcases your unique semi-precious statement jewellery as that little black dress.

(CoCo Chanel wearing her little black dress and with her string of statement pearls, here favourite piece of handmade jewellery)

The quintessential staple of any ones wardrobe is that little black dress and it may not be as timeless as we all think. This statement dress is a classic as it is not a trend and it is not a fashion piece that will date but its history has been a short one dating back to the early 1900’s. The unique French dress designer CoCo Chanel has been credited with popularizing this simple and stylish design, but I would say that the question of who first came up with the little black dress is a complicated one.

Some of my unusual handcrafted necklace jewellery designs that would look beautiful with your little black dress.

 

It could be hard for us to comprehend today with all the colourful fashion and statement fashions around when black clothing is classed as neutral, very flattering and seen as normal, we even see that new fashions are credited as “the new black” dark coloured clothing was not  apart of a wardrobe belonging to a smart woman of society.

Throughout the 1980’s if you were to see anyone wearing black clothing you would have thought that they were in mourning dress.

If we go back further back in history only the wealthy could afford black clothing because the cost of the black dyes to produce these pieces of clothing were very expensive.

The choice of the public started to change when fashion designers of the past realised that black clothes were not only a very practical choice because they did not show the dirt and stains but it could be a stylish choice and the little black dress could offset stunning pieces of handmade statement jewellery.

When CoCo Chanel started her fashion house in the 1920’s she made the little black dress the must have thing and these came in many styles and unique designs

It could be hard for us to comprehend today with all the colourful fashion and statement fashions around when black clothing is classed as neutral, very flattering and seen as normal, we even see that new fashions are credited as “the new black” dark coloured clothing was not  apart of a wardrobe belonging to a smart woman of society.

Throughout the 1980’s if you were to see anyone wearing black clothing you would have thought that they were in mourning dress.

If we go back further back in history only the wealthy could afford black clothing because the cost of the black dyes to produce these pieces of clothing were very expensive.

The choice of the public started to change when fashion designers of the past realised that black clothes were not only a very practical choice because they did not show the dirt and stains but it could be a stylish choice and the little black dress could offset stunning pieces of handmade statement jewellery.

When CoCo Chanel started her fashion house in the 1920’s she made the little black dress the must have thing and these came in many styles and unique designs

 

This particular little black dress has always been associated with the fashion designer CoCo Chanel and this design appeared in the 1926 edition of the then new fashion magazine Vogue.

The dress is simple stylish and the new calf length and can be seen worn with the plain string of pearls the favourite piece of semi-precious jewellery worn by this lady of style and fashion.

this dress was in complete contrast from the flapper designs that had been more popular at the time. CoCo was a bit of a rebel when it came to fashion and that maybe why I admire her so much.

The magazine Vogue called this dress “Chanel’s Ford” and this was in reference to the model T car of Henry Ford , these had been standardised and Vogue predicted at that early date that  these dress would become a sort of uniform for all women of taste and style.



In the year of 1930 the fashion magazine published another feature about CoCo’s little black dress and this one had been made from sheer black lace and this dress had a matching capelet and this served to double down on the public's perception of Miss Channel having invented this new fashion .

This was not the case as there had been other fashion designers like the famous Edward Molyneux were showing these designs at the same time but Vogue had not picked up on this so maybe Chanel was not as imaginative and inventive as we think.

Here we see the beautiful Princess Diana in one of her little black dresses. She was seen by the world in many black dresses but this is possible the most seen one, said to be the most beautiful women in the world wearing an iconic little black dress.

Some more of my handmade statement jewellery designs that would compliment anyone's little black dress.

I would say that the most iconic little black dress in history is the one that was seen in the 1960’s and this was worn by the stunning actress Audrey Hepburn while filming Breakfast at Tiffany's

She wore this dress while playing the part of holly Golightly and this statement dress was designed and made by the famous designer Givenchy.

The level of the exposure that this dress received in this film truly set this little black dress as cultural touchstone. This iconic dress became so well known that we now have the acronym LBD  and in 2010 this was officially added to the dictionary

We may not have a CoCo Chanel or Givenchy dress in our wardrobes but I am sure that there is a little black dress in there somewhere and sort out your bight and bold handmade statement jewellery to dress it up



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