The little black dress is a cocktail or evening dress is cut simply quite short. Fashion historians ascribe the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Channel and Jean Patou, intended to be long lasting, versatile, affordable, and accessible to the widest market possible and in a neutral colour. Its ubiquity is such that it’s often simply referred to as “LBD”
The “Little Black Dress” is considered an essential to a complete wardrobe by many women and fashion observers, who believe it’s a rule of fashion that every woman should own a simple, elegant black dress that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion for example with pumps or a jacket for daytime business wear or with more ornate jewelry and accessories for evening.
On the 20th of December 2013 JADARK KUVAN presented and hosted Little Black Dress themedLadies night out, a fashion show that celebrated a must own by all women in Botswana. The fashion show hosted by Judith Matola owner and head designer at JADARK KUVAN also featured aspiring designer Mwana Mvitah El-kindiy and winner of Fashion Mentor Karen Tsheko. The show took place at Phakalane Golf Estate. Sound and lighting was provided by RMC Marketing. The fashion show was one of a kind, there was no runway but the models were live mannequins under four spotlights that were illuminated very well and people could move around and have a feel of each dress. It was more of a catalogue and all invited could place an order. Judith was inspired by the lady Gabrielle we all know as Coco Channel, she wanted to bring out designs in her own concepts that complement every body type.
The mc for the event was Gofa Nfila who stared us off with a little history of the ‘LBD’ Mwana Mvitah was the first designer who showcased her designs.
Mwana Mvitah is a mathematician; she currently works in advertising at Jua Media. She is also a make-up artist for different occasions. This was her first fashion show. Her collection was called “inside out” both outfits are made of lace . It’s made in stretch fabric and very comfortable. Each outfit had a name, one was called “desert nude” and other was called “Oumi”.
JADARK Kuvan’s dresses
Karen Tsheko is 17years old; she was mentored in the programFashion Mentor which is also under Judith Matola. Fashion Mentor is a fashion program that was created to scout for young people in Gaborone who are interested in starting entrepreneurship at early ages in fashion. A number of students aged 16 to 21 are mentored by fashion designers and compete to create functional, outside the box designs. Karen was the winner and she got to make her own 4 pieces for LBD which were not only simple but beautifully made, without supervision. She will indeed be a great designer in the future. For more information check out fashion mentor
You can also find out more about JADARK KUVAN here.