Big Night Out for The Little Black Dress
What a girls nigh out! A few days ago I grabbed a good friend, a glass of wine, and after some much needed catching up and gossiping in the nearby bar we arrived to HaBima, Tel Aviv’s famous theater, to see an energetic theatrical performance celebrating music, fashion, and women.
“Little Black Dress” fuses comedic acts with unique renditions of beloved hits by the iconic Aretha, Whitney, Adele, Cher, Beyonce, and many more, and as it’s title suggets: it’s just as iconic as the evergreen fashion item. The origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel intended to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable, accessible to the widest market possible and in a neutral color.
By now the LBD is considered essential to a complete wardrobe by many women and fashion observers, who believe it 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, worn with a jacket and pumps for daytime business wear or with more ornate jewelry and accessories for evening.
Let’s remember together some of popular culture’s most iconic little black dresses: the Givenchy one of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, was known to own several little black dresses and said much in praise of the garments. One quote of the Duchess: “When a little black dress is right, there is nothing else to wear in its place.
Edith Piaf, the French icon, performed in a black sheath dress throughout her career: for this habit she was nicknamed “little black sparrow”. It was thought that the dress helped audiences focus more on Piaf’s singing and less on her appearance. And – trust me on this one – the actresses of English On Stage are also wearing it with much attitude, style and talent.
The show premiered in May 2015, featuring an all-female professional production team hailing from the U.S., U.K., and Israel, as well as dynamic musicians on stage, and specially-designed dresses for the talented performers. Featuring Shir Zelinger,Tamar Bettelheim, Noeat Kedem, Tami Machnai (piano/vocals), Shahar Ratzenberg (drums), Yaniv Azikri (bass guitar), and director Meirav Zur, with styling by Wendy Lehmann and dresses by Efrat Besandilov, this show is everything a gal needs to get away from boring, everyday life for an hour.
The singers sound epic, the jokes are so funny I was literally crying from laughter, and – as my friend told me retrospectively – we both almost jumped up on our feet to dance to the well known tunes, all empowering women, and celebrating femininity. But why am I the one who still does not shut up – let the girls do the introduction for themselves…
Photographer: Herschel Gutman. The next show at Habima will be on January 11. Get your tickets at www.englishonstage.co.il