Dressed in Black
  • Imprint: V & A Publishing
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2000
  • Price: $45.00
  • Trim Size: 10 14 x 13 34
  • ISBN: 0-8109-6689-1
  • EAN: 9780810966895
  • Page Count: 144
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: North America

As glamorous and alluring as its subject, this stylish book celebrates that enduring fashion essential: the little black dress. From Fortuny, Schiaparelli, Dior, and Balenciaga to Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and Giorgio Armani, black has inspired designers the world over to produce some of their most enduring and stunning creations. A fashion show between two covers, Dressed in Black presents a retrospective of the last 100 years of the black dress in its many guises: smart day wear, chic and understated; flamboyant evening confections of lace, feathers, tulle, velvet, and satin; funky "street-style" outfits that signify rebellion and youth. Dramatic, specially commissioned photographs reveal the dresses' exquisite details and craftsmanship, while the text tells the story behind each piece and its designer, providing a chronicle of 20th-century fashion from a single and compelling perspective.

About the author

Valerie Mendes is chief curator of the Department of Textiles and Dress at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has been documenting and lecturing on women's fashion for many years, and in 1983 curated the first exhibition on the black dress.