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Madge Visits The Little Black Dress

Madge Visits The Little Black Dress

Madge recently got a chance to view “The Little Black Dress” exhibit at the SCAD Museum of Art (the Savannah College of Art and Design) in Savannah, Georgia.  Luckily gal pal Kathy had a business trip in Savannah so Madge motored over from Atlanta to meet up and see the show.

Madge Visits The Little Black Dress
Madge & Kathy at the SCAD Bookstore. Don’t you love the columns!

The little black dress, the term belived to be coined by Coco Channel, has been the go-to outfit in every woman’s wardrobe from the 30’s onward. This show curated by Vogue Contributing Editor André Leon Talley is his exploration of this fashion design icon.

Set against vividly red walls, 73 different dresses are featured and almost as many designers.  It’s quite a mashup to see so many styles all in a row.    The photo police were not on duty this time so Madge happily snapped away without the threat of arrest!

 

Madge Visits The Little Black Dress
Stella McCartney’s Column Dress from 2011 leads the way

A showstopper ball gown by Oscar de la Renta held the place of honor and it’s a real beauty.

Madge Visits The Little Black Dress
Oscar de la Renta Tulle & Silk Taffeta, 2012

Talley’s selections were mostly from the last 15 years but there were a few vintage gems in the bunch.  The oldest was an absolutely gorgeous gown from 1907 by Fortuny.

Madge Visits The Little Black Dress
Fortuny Delphos Dress, pleated silk, cording & glass-beads, 1907

Check out this Balenciaga number from 1957.

Madge Visits The Little Black Dress
Balenciaga lace cage dress, 1957

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madge loved this Pierre Cardin look from the 1960s.

Madge Visits The Little Black Dress
Pierre Cardin Tiered Silk Dress, 1960s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were also many fabulous vintage inspired designs.  This 2012 Tom Ford looks like it’s right out of the 50s.  A white version of this dress was worn by Gwyneth Paltrow to last year’s Academy Awards.  If you google it the dress looks completely different in white.

Madge Visits The Little Black Dress
Tom Ford Column Dress 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Ralph Lauren dresses from 2011 really caught Madge’s attention, one an art deco masterpiece and the other a demure 50s-style gown.

Madge Visits The Little Black Dress
Ralph Lauren – Silk Chiffon & Deco Spangles; Silk Crepe & embroidery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yves St. Laurent even did a take on his own famous Le Smoking Jacket from the 1970s with this gown that had Madge absolutely panting.

Madge Visits The Little Black Dress
YSL, Le Smoking Tuxedo Dress, 1999

Talley also displayed some wit with this louche lineup who look like they are waiting for next the bus.   Note the two dresses in blue and red in the mix.

Madge Visits The Little Black Dress

Madge’s only quibble was the very confusing numbering scheme that left this old broad constantly flipping through the brochure trying figure out at which dress she was gazing.

It was hard to pick a favorite and certainly the Fortuny was the most beautiful and the YSL the most sophisticated.  But in the end the Madame Gris Stingray dress won the day as Madge’s fave at this show.

Madge Visits The Little Black Dress
Madame Gris silk creme de Chine Stingray Dress, 1977

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Next time in this space:  Around the corner the view was completely different…

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