INSTALLATION VIEW of dresses from 1947 to 1993, Little Black Dress, Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. Photograph by Dominic Agostini.
Little Black Dress

fashion arts

The little black dress, wardrobe staple of fashionable women everywhere, receives a historical appraisal in a highly popular exhibition at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts in Melbourne, Florida. Little Black Dress: Selections from the Costume Museum of Canada, traces the origins of this iconic garment from mourning attire to chic wardrobe essential, with historic examples from the 1880s to the 1990s. Little Black Dress exhibits through April 23.

Arranged chronologically, Little Black Dress highlights the stylistic changes and popular trends of each decade. Seen through this historical lens, the black dress is represented as a symbol of the modern era, a potent expression of women’s identity and liberation through changing times.




Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts


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