The Little Black Dress: Fashionable Evolution and Societal Change

A travelling exhibition from the Costume Museum of Canada, ‘The Little Black Dress’ offers a fascinating glimpse at how the little black dress as a garment has evolved throughout the 20th century, and examines how this evolution has been reflected in the changing roles and perceived place of women in society from 1910-1980.

How were silhouettes and fabric choices impacted by the women’s suffrage movement? What did the Second World War mean for hemlines? How was the women’s liberation movement and the social change of the 1970s reflected in the clothing women of the day were wearing? Discover the answers to these questions and more in a historical walk through time.

Whether you are interested in the garments themselves or the history behind them, this exhibit promises something for everyone!

In addition, the Museum will be hosting an exhibition opening ceremony officially welcoming the Little Black Dress exhibit on Friday July 15th at 6:00pm in the Peter Garnham gallery. Learn more and register at

The Sidney Museum and Archives gratefully acknowledges the support from the Costume Museum of Canada, and the Government of Canada’s Museum Assistance Program, for making this exhibition possible.

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