LBDs reveal the history of a fashion classic

See how the Little Black Dress has evolved into a style statement.
See how the Little Black Dress has evolved into a style statement.

The Civic, in Barnsley, will open its exhibition space next month to all fashionistas who want to see the work of some of the world‘s most famous designers.

The Little Black Dress exhibition, starting on March 31, will showcase designers’ personal interpretations of the fashion classic, and chart the succession of the little black dress from fashion item to style statement.

Featured designers include Gavin Pierre Medford, Vera Thordardottir – who designed the silicon jacket worn by Lady Gaga at Elton John‘s White Tie – Tiara ball, Amila Hrustic and Kei Kagami.

Also featuring is Barnsley’s very own Rita Britton, owner of POLLYANNA, who will contribute from her personal collection.

The exhibition will look at the world’s most famous examples of little black dresses – from Elizabeth Hurley’s public-wowing Versace safety-pin dress to Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s classic.

There will also be the rare footage and reports from the most pivotal moments in fashion and a look back at the little black dress and its historical context. The Box Office is on 01226 327000.