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Mr Monkey sees little black dress at Urbis

"This is how it all started, apparently"

Mr Monkey with sketches and pictures recreating the original Chanel dress Mr Monkey with a picture of Coco Chanel

The little black dress, as opposed to a dress that was short and dark, began with a 1926 design by Coco Chanel, described by Vogue magazine as fashion's answer to the Ford Model T car. Mr Monkey studied a sketch and photo made by Karl Lagerfeld to create the original Chanel design, then looked at a 1936 picture of Chanel herself.

You can read a biography of Coco Chanel at the Time website.

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