How would you like to be the special owner of a bespoke little black dress created by the fashion stars of the future? Well, here's your chance. Little Black Dress has collaborated with the award-winning fashion department of Salford University in Lancashire to create the Unique Collection, a range of 17 one-off LBDs like no other.
The brief was simple. We asked the students to make a special, unique and really statement-worthy LBD that was perfect for this year's Christmas party season. All of these dresses are one-of-a-kind and cannot be bought anywhere else. Treat yourself to one of these and you'll never be spotted in the same frock as a friend. And as the creations of some of Britain's best emerging design talent, you'd be mad to miss out on what could well be a piece of fashion history. But the best bit? Each of these achingly high-fashion pieces is just £90! Cool and contemporary, there's no shortage of must-wear trends in this collection. From luxe lace and delicate chiffon, to laser cut-outs and tough leather, you'll be the talk of the town in any one of these cutting-edge, handmade dresses. And with only 16 in the collection, make haste, because once they're gone, they're gone!
THE DISCO DIVA
Dominatrix meets disco queen in this tassel-effect faux leather mini dress. The shapely shift is figure-flattering and attention to detail is unparallelled – each and every section has been individually hand-sewn into the garment. Wear with lashings of eyeliner and chunky heels. The way the dress moves with you makes it the perfect Saturday night look-at-me number.
THE PRETTY IN PROM
This gorgeously girly black prom dress is the perfect party piece whatever your body shape. The flattering central panel will work to elongate your torso and the voluminous skirt creates curves in all the right places. And how cute is the sheer Parisian sweet shop-esque pattern?
THE GOTHIC GLAM
Gothic glam is the flavour of winter and this slinky, slouchy black dress features a open low scoop back with a delicate chain design that alludes to a sexy, albeit slightly sinister body beneath.
THE LASER CUT
Sometimes the simplest of designs are the most effective. This chic shift dress is so versatile, it will look right at home in a muddy festival field or on the dancefloor come Saturday night, shimmying along with this gorgeous laser-cut detail pattern on display.
THE FANCY FRINGING
This is fringing like you've never seen it before. Taking inspiration from fashion's love affair with all things flapper and this season's layer obsession this LBD is not for the faint of fashion heart but will certainly leave a lasting impression wherever you wear it.
THE SECRETARY CHIC SHIFT
Every girl needs a boardroom-to-bar dress like this. The long sleeves and high square neckline makes it trés professional without being too stuffy, and teamed with a statement necklace and super-high shoes boots, it's sure to be your go-to LBD for years to come.
This season's dip-hem: check. Saturday night's favourite cut-out feature: check. Classic black to balance trends with timelessness: check! Channel a rock-chic vibe in the day by wearing this tunic-style LBD with leggings in the day or pair with nude open-toe heels and a peachy pout to leave a lasting impression.
THE CUTE CAPE
Made from the softest of quality jersey, this beautifully designed LBD is the epitome of understated style. Unparalleled in its wearability and cutting-edge design, this dress could sit comfortably next to pieces by design greats, and we foresee an extremely bright future for the creator of one Team LBD's favourite pieces in the Unique Collection
. With its simple pleated skirt, backless design and long overlaying cape detail, this dress is an all-time design classic.
THE CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
Circus chic has never been so fashionable! Whether you choose this one of a kind frock for your best friend's wedding or a night on the town, this couture cutie is guaranteed to have you centre-stage all evening long. The statement ruffled neckline and over-sized sheer sleeves are balanced out beautifully by the dress's simple shift shape.
THE PLASTIC DREAM
Who knew Perspex could be so wearable? This eye-catching 60s style mini captures all the fun that is so-oft lost in fashion, with its stand-out sleeves made from a multi-coloured clear plastic discs.We'd recommend making the most of the retro-style with neon accessories and sky-high platforms.
THE YOUTHFUL UTILITY
Utility chic is back and this black shirt dress is just the right amount of practical mixed with an essential does of feminine charm. We love the attention to detail: over-sized pockets, satin buttons and a pretty ruffled hem and neckline make this simple structured shift dress anything but dull! Give the grunge look a go with your sturdiest lace-up boots or add a glam twist with sky-high platforms and lashings of silver jewellery.
THE POWER DRESS
Inspired by the 60s, this gorgeous midi dress is made from the luxurious stretch jersey, and is everything the power-dressing modern woman should be. This season's flattering midi-length is made all the more dramatic with a high neckline and ultra chic bronze choker effect detail. Keep it simple with patent black shoes and poker-straight hair.
Romantic ruffles and dreamy draping in a ever-so-slightly sheer linen fabric, combine to make this Vivienne Westwood-esque piece. This is a really loose-fitting style so if you're petite, cinch in at the waist with a simple belt and make a feature of the voluminous skirting. More of an apple or hourglass? Let this beautifully-made black dress skim over your feminine form and really flatter your look, day or night.
THE LUXE LEATHER
A favourite in the Team LBD office, this faux-leather bodiced, silky skirted dream of a black dress is both fashionable and flattering. The low V-neck top cleverly balances out the ethereal long black skirt. This is a real statement piece that you'll love forever.
THE RED CARPET CLASSIC
We've seen this billowing halterneck style on the red carpet a thousand times but made from soft jersey fabric, this dress is wearable enough for less star-studded occasions. Team with heels to further elongate your frame.
Even this gorgeous shot doesn't do the deluxe dress justice. Made from fabulous silk fabric, and in a style that will flatter all, this dip-hem dress with a waist-cinching drawstring is a must for any black dress fan. The perfect LBD to be dressed up or down.
THE BARELY THERE BEAUTY
This floor-skimming, silhouette-revealing dress is undoubtedly the sexiest in the collection. Made from a beautiful skin-revealing fabric, with a detailed lace back and thigh-high split, all work to accentuate the female form. For unadulterated sex appeal, wear with barely-there black underwear, or make more wearable with skin-hugging black hot pants and bra.
All of these dresses designed by Salford University fashion students are on sale now here. Be quick, these one-off black beauties won't be around for long!