I have been so busy with so much stuff that isn't fun I decided to run off to LA and see the Little Black Dress exhibit at FIDM ( Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising ). Well, it's a little exhibit of little black dresses, only 12 dresses total! None of the dresses left me awestruck but, it's always interesting to look at original designer garments from earlier decades. The exhibit had a 1936 silk crepe dress by Madeleine Vionnet, a 1947 Valentina wool crepe dress, a 1949 Christian Dior silk satin dress, and a 1985 Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. The Chanel dress was easily the most disappointing ( it's the solo dress in the photos ). The dress was a combination of wool, knit, leather and gold foil. The chains were like appliqued gold metallic fabric and the dress just looked kinda cheap to me.
I know these were dresses and not gowns but, really none were inspiring. But maybe that's why LBDs ( little black dress ) are so timeless and popular- the dress doesn't overwhelm the wearer.