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Little Black Dress

8 April to 21 May 2006

This world premiere exhibition showcased 30 of the UK’s greatest designers’ interpretations of this timeless classic which has become the staple of every woman’s wardrobe.

Charting the history of the little black dress from its conception by Coco Chanel in 1926 to present day, this multimedia exhibition featured some of the most memorable little black dress moments from fashion, film and pop culture.

Exhibiting designers included Paul Smith, Jean Muir, Ben de Lisi and Agent Provocateur, as well as Manchester-based Vicky Martin and Gorgeous Couture.

The exhibition also included archive footage, photographs, vintage dresses through the decades, original dress patterns, and took a look at Manchester’s transformation from industrial Cottonopolis to fashion capital of the North.

The exhibition coincided with the global charity event The Little black dress, which has toured Los Angeles, Chicago and Bangkok.

Media Release

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Customer Comments

“Beautiful and inspiring”

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“Fascinating and so enjoyable. Lots of political and social history, and oodles of glamour. Who could ask for more?”


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