André Leon Talley Curates ‘Little Black Dress’ Show in Savannah

Ralph Lauren Collection Fall 2011 black sable embroidered evening dress (butterfly). Photo: Adam Kuehl (Courtesy SCAD).

Audrey Hepburn wore one while munching on a croissant in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Grace Kelly wore one with a hot pearl necklace in To Catch a Thief. And Jackie Kennedy posed in one by Arnold Scaasi in ruby satin when her husband was still a senator of Massachusetts. We’re talking about the little black dress. And the sartorial sensation is finally getting the recognition it has long deserved, an exhibition in its honor curated by none other than Vogue contributing editor André Leon Talley.

Little Black Dress, which opens at the Savannah College of Art and Design on September 28 and runs through January 27, 2013, will chart the social history and evolution of this classic number across the 20th and 21st century. From Tom Ford’s number worn by Lady Gaga to Prabal Gurung’s dress donned by the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, many iconic numbers will be on view including those by Chanel, Givenchy, L’Wren Scott, Yves Saint Laurent and Isabel Toledo.

“This exhibition celebrates the little black dress in its myriad forms,” said Mr. Talley in a statement, “from the pleated Fortuny dress of the late C.Z. Guest, a style icon and great friend; to the impossibly elegant Madame Grès silk crepe de chine dress form 1977; to Carolina Herrera’s black faille dress, a personal favorite she designed for herself this year.”

As always, Mr. Talley, who is a SCAD trustee, will apply his signature fabulous touch by planning a number of other events, tours and panels in conjunction with the show, which is being sponsored by M.A.C. Cosmetics. If nothing more, this is a great excuse to take a trip down to Savannah. Its historic gardens are perfect for sporting your favorite little black dress.

André Leon Talley Curates ‘Little Black Dress’ Show in Savannah