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SPECIAL EXHIBITION - the little black - dress


 February 5th – December 14th, 2024

In 1926 the French designer Coco Chanel revolutionized the fashion world, when US Vogue published her controversial design on the front page of their magazine – a little black dress.

A Fashion Icon
The little black dress used to be reserved for servants. Near the end of the 19th century the upper class expected their servant girls to wear a simple black dress and a white apron as their uniform.

Coco Chanel popularized her dresses through the underlying trend she called la pauvreté de lux (Luxurious poverty). Her expensive creations were reserved for the wealthy that could “afford” to look poor.

Chanel’s simple designs reflected the 1920s boyish Garçonne silhouette and rebelled against previous decades big and voluminous dresses. What started as a rebellion against the fixed contemporary fashion conventions became a timeless manifestation of simplicity and elegance which continue to define the dress today. The little black dress became an icon in itself and is a symbol of liberation and modernity.

It’s All in the Details
The little black dress is one the clothing items that have been recreated the most times in fashion history. It is the epitome of simple elegance. It fits all ages and every style. It is a stable in every woman’s wardrobe and is the safe choice for any occasion.

About the exhibition
The special exhibition will give insight into the concept of THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS.
In the exhibition beautiful and elegant dresses, shoes and bags typical for their time will be in focus. Apart from the original historical dresses from the museum’s collection there will also be creations from the designer Lasse Spangenberg on display.

The special exhibition is developed by museum director Cæcilie Ning Hage.
Thanks to MFK’s Almene fond for their generous contribution.


Read about the permanent exhibition.

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