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Ralph Lauren, floor-length evening dress, silk chiffon and spangles, fall 2011
Ralph Lauren, floor-length evening dress
Silk chiffon and spangles; fall 2011
Courtesy of Ralph Lauren, New York

Little Black Dress

Curated by André Leon Talley
Sept. 28, 2012 - Jan. 27, 2013

Sponsored by M·A·C Cosmetics

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"Little Black Dress," curated by SCAD trustee and Vogue Contributing Editor André Leon Talley, charts the historic and contemporary significance of a singular sartorial phenomenon. Featuring approximately 80 garments from a canon of modern fashion designers, the exhibition includes contributions from veteran designers and those of the International Best-Dressed List such as Marc Jacobs, Miuccia Prada and Renée Zellweger. Tracing the bold curve of social history across the 20th and 21st centuries, "Little Black Dress" explores the evolution of a definitive yet democratic style that, for more than a century, has embodied the shifting social tides of the modern world. In its ubiquity and versatility, the little black dress has delivered some of the most indelible images of our visual age. Endlessly appropriated and translated, each dress is imbued with the value of its day — from service to independence, from restraint to temptation, from glamour to grace.

The exhibition is free with SCAD Museum of Art admission. The reception is free and open to the public as part of the SCAD gallery hop.

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