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We love dresses… and wear them all the time today but where did they come from? From shifts, tunics, frocks to elaborate gowns with whalebone corsets and wooden frames to the little black dress — the story of the dress is a wonderful way to look at how women’s lives have evolved across the centuries.
A few thousand years ago, women in Egypt wore dresses with shoulder straps, usually made of cotton or linen. Ancient Greek women wore a long tunic called a chiton and Roman women wore a dress called a stola. Women in medieval Europe also wore woollen tunics and shifts over inner wear called chemises. Only the rich could afford silk and cotton.
Somewhere along the way, these simple dresses gave way to whalebone and wooden frames under dresses and later these became elaborate gowns with tightly drawn stays and whalebone corsets. The Elizabethans, the Georgians and the Victorians wore elaborate costumes that were drawn so tight that the women could hardly breathe! Not only did it take ever so long to dress up and ladies now needed a strong-armed maid to dress them up, it was also deuced uncomfortable!
As so often happens, wars change civilisation for ever! World War I did the same for the dress! Dresses became simpler (you could either fight a war or dress up, right?) and developed softer, cleaner silhouettes.
Somewhere in the 1900s, Coco Chanel happened and the ‘Little Black Dress’ became an accepted phenomenon and a must in all women’s wardrobes. Today, when we say ‘dress’, it covers the gamut of frocks, gowns, minis, maxis, tunics, shifts, cocktail dresses, pinafores, robes, smocks and of course, the LBD.
We know you love dresses and so we just had to bring you a wonderful all-new line of dresses that are right for almost any occasion you could think of — from meetings at work, to a day with the girls, or for that special date! Dress up, dress down, dress simple but rest assured that with Libas, you’ll always be dressed right!
Soft and alluring, this dress has a feminine profile that charms. Don’t miss the shoulders — a quiet but effective attention-getting statement!
Layering is a classic technique that allows you to change the look of your attire in a jiffy! Remove one of the layers, add an accessory such as a stole or a pouch and there you have it — an all-new look!
Yellow and cheerful, this dress adds a ray of good cheer to the drabbest day! Wear it on a Monday and feel the sunshine add warmth to your look! Away with the blues, mademoiselle!
Softly flowing fabric, in the palest of tints. Subtle, sheer and oh-so-feminine! This dress knows how to use the understatement to make a powerful impression. Gentlemen will suddenly blossom, opening doors and fetching coffee! Smile sweetly and murmur soft thanks.
Vibrant and bursting with verve, this look is very, very charming. All the allure of a dress aided by the bold accents offered by siren red. Don’t be surprised if jaws drop!
This long and graceful silhouette is streamlined by the depth of black accentuated by delicate pinstripes that add length and a Cleopatra-like slenderness.
Dresses are nothing short of a declaration of war and this all-new collection from Libas promises to equip you with the most sure-shot ammunition to win the war for attention. Best part is, you won’t even have to try too hard!
Bonne chance, Madmoiselle!
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