The Little Black Dress: Then And Now

The chic garment that belongs in everyone's closet

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The has certainly withstood the test of time. Considered an essential staple piece of every woman's wardrobe, the chic garment has evolved throughout the years by taking on many silhouettes and styles. From its artistic origins to being featured in almost every old Hollywood movie, the LBD has proven time and time again that it serves an ultimately iconic purpose in the fashion world. Click through to see how the classic piece has changed over time.

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Madame X

The little black dress wasn’t always popular. Up until the early 1900s, the color black was most commonly associated with death and usually worn only for funerals or other occasions of mourning. The shift started to occur after artist John Singer Sargent painted Madame X, depicting a woman in a form-fitting black gown with golden straps. The painting caused lots of controversy at the time for being 'too sexy.'

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Joan Bennett

Actress Joan Bennett wears this black negligee style dress in 1928, indicating a re-emergence of the LBD within modern fashion at the time.

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Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker danced in several chic looks during her career, including this peacock feather-adorned little black dress.

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Christian Dior

Post-WII, debuted his New Look collection in 1947 that altered the course of fashion history by introducing new silhouettes and styles, including a series of little black dresses.

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Coco Chanel

is most widely credited with popularizing the little black dress. Her initial design incited a sense of glamour, while she pushed the narrative that it was something that belonged in everyone's wardrobe, making it a staple piece for years to come.

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Elsa Schiaparelli

As Coco Chanel's primary rival in fashion, Elsa Schiaparelli also designed a series of black dresses, including this black crepe gown printed with small turtles near the neckline.

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Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn wore custom Givenchy throughout the height of her career, primarily during the filming of her seminal film Breakfast at Tiffany's, during which she brought the to a whole other level of elegance.

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Grace Kelly

Starring in The Country Girl, Grace Kelly dons this uber elegant black dress, which she accessorizes with a string of pearls around her neck.

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Lauren Bacall

Actress Lauren Bacall wears this stunning LBD and demonstrates the classic beauty the garment exudes.

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Sophia Loren

The Italian starlet wears one of Dior's iconic structured little black dresses in the '50s.

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Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe poses in a LBD in a publicity still for her 1950 film The Asphalt Jungle.

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Elizabeth Taylor

The Old Hollywood beauty poses in a little black dress with a cut-out shoulder.

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Wallis Simpson

The Duchess of Windsor posed in a rather fashionable shoot for famed photographer Irving Penn in this LBD, pairing it with a chic corset belt.

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Twiggy

The British model and singer wears a chic long sleeve little black dress in a photoshoot.

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Catherine Deneuve

French actress Catherine Deneuve wears this belted mini LBD in 1966.

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Jackie O

was famous for her timeless and elegant style. She often incorporated little black dresses into her wardrobe, whether the occasion was casual or formal.

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The Supremes

Diana Ross and the Supremes were known for their iconic coordinating looks, including this triple-threat LBD look.

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Madonna

Madonna wore this stylish little black dress during her first time hosting Saturday Night Live in 1985.

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Cher

Designed by none other than the incredible , Cher wore this glittering beaded little black dress to the Academy Awards in 1988.

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Christy Turlington

Nineties supermodel wears this sleek Valentino black dress during a Miami photoshoot in 1995.

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Cindy Crawford

's '90s style was emblematic of many of the looks that are popular today, including this belted little black dress.

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Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell has always been effortlessly chic, including when she wore this strappy little black dress.

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Kate Moss

The wore this chic strappy little black dress while out with then-boyfriend Johnny Depp in 1990.

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Mariah Carey

The singer wore this LBD with a bejeweled to the 1991 , where she won two herself.

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Helena Christensen

Helena Christensen wore this black and gold dress on the runway for 's 1992 bondage collection

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Elizabeth Hurley

The British movie star wore this iconic designed by Versace in 1994. This dress ended up becoming one of the designer's most memorable looks.

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Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston wears a little black dress while posing in a publicity shot for Friends in 1994.

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Sarah Jessica Parker

The Sex and the City star wore this satin little black dress by Calvin Klein in 1995.

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Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy

Style icon wore this chic sleeveless black dress paired with long black in October 1998.

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Princess Diana

Lady Diana wore this iconic "" designed by Greek designer Christina Stambolian the day that her husband, Princes Charles, admitted to having an affair on national television.

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