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Franciscan Village Presents “Little Black Dress”

February 6, 2020 - Franciscan Village

little black dress event

Lemont, IL – February 17, 2020 – Franciscan Village in Lemont, part of the Franciscan Communities, has invited historian Leslie Goddard to do a free, entertaining talk about the “Little Black Dress” on Monday, February 17, at 3:00 pm on their campus located at 1270 Franciscan Drive.

Versatile, dependable and affordable, the Little Black Dress, or “LBD,” has become the fashion equivalent of a Ford Model T. In this illustrated lecture, historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D. shares the history of this fashion icon. Learn how Chanel helped dissociate black from mourning, how Audrey Hepburn helped establish the LBD, and how it has been reinvented by everyone from Betty Boop to Prada.

Guest speaker Leslie Goddard has a Ph.D., from Northwestern University, specializing in U.S. history and American studeis, as well as a master’s degree in theater. A former museum director, she is the author of two books on Chicago history.

Seating is limited and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by February 13 to 630-243-3479 or

About Franciscan Communities

Franciscan Communities is a subsidiary of Franciscan Ministries and is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. They provide quality senior living and compassionate healthcare services including independent living, assisted living, memory support, skilled nursing, rehabilitation services and more. Franciscan Communities are located in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.

About Franciscan Ministries

Franciscan Ministries is a nonprofit Catholic system offering senior living, healthcare and community-based services Franciscan Ministries provides home-and-community based healthcare services to support families and their loved ones. Additionally, they support young, at-risk women seeking a Catholic, secondary education, and operate a family violence prevention center and shelter.

For more information about Franciscan Ministries, call (800) 524-6126 or go to