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Essential Accessories
of The
Little Black Dress

02/05 (Fri) - 02/06/2014 (Mon)
Metal and Water Zones, The Elements
Opening reception: TBC
After the French May exhibitions of the last two years “Perfume, Tales and Legends” and “An ode to the complexion – The Art of skincare and beauty objects from the 18th century to the present”, curator Anne Camilli brings us into the world of Parisian elegance with the story of essential fashion accessories which grace the classical but timeless little black dress.

About the exhibition
The exhibition being held in Hong Kong is a glimpse into the world of fashion from the 20th century onwards with a special focus on that perfect example of Parisian elegance – the little black dress. With a wave of a magic wand, you are suddenly in Paris, the capital of fashion. Come and discover the story behind the little black dress and a selection of fashion accessories in the heart of the enchanting city. Step behind the scenes and look at how these fashion accessories are created. There is nothing too beautiful or too original to grace a little black dress: stockings, slippers, shoes, jewellery, evening bags, hats, gloves – there’s no limit to what you can wear with it and it’s always perfect for every occasion. Perfume is its ultimate accessory – that final touch of elegance that no woman can be without.

The little black dress
Famous for wearing black, it was none other than Coco Chanel who turned the little black dress into a fundamental fashion piece back in the 1920s. The little black dress was soon to be adopted by celebrities, artists, actresses and singers who undoubtedly contributed to its unrivalled success until it became the epitome of seduction for women all over the world. Haute Couture designers and craftsmen working closely together are constantly able to breathe new life into women’s clothing season after season. And a fashion accessory becomes a parure − in the true sense of the word − and has the power to make the simplest of little black dresses look totally sublime. Certain types of expertise have stood the test of time – a distinguished heritage that continues to offer new perspectives both technically and artistically. Elements that come together to contribute to the ever increasing prestige of the luxury industry.

Education & Outreach Programme

Guided Tours
Every Saturday and Sunday during the exhibition period: Four 30-minute sessions per day at 2pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm and 4:30pm. Educational and charitable institutions are welcomed to request particular Group Visits.

Metal and Water Zones, Elements
Language: Cantonese (English by request)
No. of participants: 25
Target participants: All public
Fee: Free
Registration: Please fill in the simple Online Registration Form here. A confirmation email will be sent to you accordingly.
Registration dealine: The day prior to the registered Guided Tour.


A dedicated docent will guide you through the exhibition, tell you the stories behind the exhibit highlights.

For any inquiries, please contact Mr. Louis Cheung, Press & Communication Officer (Dept. of Culture, Education & Science, Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau) at education@frenchmay.com.

Want to join other education and outreach activities of Le French May 2014? Have a look at the page of Education & Outreach Programme: www.frenchmay.com/education.

Education Programme Involved

Presented by

Major sponsor

With the support of

Alexander de Paris

In association with