From flowing robes to little black dresses

Just part of The Little Black Dress exhibition at The City Museum Portsmouth.     Picture: Malcolm Wells (110668-2714)

Just part of The Little Black Dress exhibition at The City Museum Portsmouth. Picture: Malcolm Wells (110668-2714)

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Now, from flowing robes to LBDs. On Tuesday I went to see The Little Black Dress (LBD) exhibition at the City Museum.

It’s a fabulous frock-trot through fashion’s icons. From the 1920s beautifully-beaded ‘flapper’ dresses and Coco Chanel’s 1947 creation, dubbed The New Look because of its voluminous skirt, right through to a ‘slashed’ lycra retro-chic LBD.

The exhibition is a glorious confection of black lace, velvets, and satins.

Little black dresses appeared at every occasion, from wartime utility days to tea dances, cocktail parties and evening dances.

There’s Marilyn Monroe’s 1958 strapless, rushed bodice, chiffon dress. Also displayed is corsetry, hats and handbags from different eras.

The collection is an absolute delight to stroll through. The museum is open seven days and entry is FREE.

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