9Absolutely indispensable, positively glamorous! It’s the Little Black Dress, a wardrobe staple with an elegance and style all of its own. It’s the one garment that will take you to an informal affair or a gala night on the town in style.  As the Duchess of Windsor once put it, “When a little black dress is right, there is nothing else to wear in its place.” So get your own perfect vintage LBD at the next
Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show in NYC.

At the next show, Feb. 5 & 6 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan, the LBD takes center stage in a special lobby exhibit that features some of the best LBD’s to ever have been designed.  Check out that marvelous black Galanos sleeveless LBD from the Sixties, the Trigere black silk chiffon from the Seventies. 

And that’s just the beginning.  Show exhibitors will also be selling dozens upon dozens of tempting versions  that you’re sure to fall in love with at first sight.  And, while there are many stylish LBDs on the market today, there’s nothing quite like the vintage edition to lend glamour to your life. 

Vogue called it “Chanel’s Ford” when Coco first introduced her marvelously simple, short black dress  in the Twenties. Like the Model T, it was a design that suited all social classes – a uniform for women of taste.  Hollywood had a lot to do with making the LBD a symbol of sultry sex appeal in the Thirties and Forties. Femme fatales were often portrayed in dramatic black halter-style dresses that contrasted sharply with the traditional dresses of more conservative Hollywood stars. 

Dior popularized the little black dress in the post-war era, giving it an allure that was associated with screen sirens. The LBD rose to star status once again in the Sixtiess when Hubert de Givenchydesigned simple black sheath dresses that were the height of refined elegance.  Actress Audrey Hepburn gave the LBD icon status in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Bill Blass carried on the tradition in the Seventies, designing little black dresses that were smart and feminine.  The LBD didn’t escape shock value in the Eighties and Nineties when the grunge culture began pairing the little black dress with sandals and combat boots.  Talk about versatility!

12Whatever style you’re going for, if you’re in New York next month, why not go and have a look for yourself.
   
www.manhattanvintage.com
Show hours are : 
Friday, 5 February 1-8pm
Saturday, 6 February 11-6pm. 
Admission is $20. 
The Metropolitan Pavilion is located at 125 W. 18th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in Manhattan. 
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