Little Black Dresses
The most stylish black dresses for every upcoming special occasion
Once renowned for her nickname ‘Posh,’ Victoria Beckham has always exuded style. From her early Spice Girls days spreading girl power in black dresses by Gucci, to today, as an internationally recognised and praised fashion designer. It all started with a little black dress.
Kim Kardashian West
Described as a ‘custom eyeleted elevated extravaganza’ by designer Jack McCollough, this Proenza Schouler black dress was crafted by him and design partner Lazaro Hernandez for Kim Kardashian West for the 2015 CFDA awards. We think it’s a little black dress work of art.
Diana, Princess of Wales
Dubbed by tabloids as the ‘revenge dress,’ this was the black dress Princess Diana chose to wear on the night that Prince Charles publicly confessed to his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles in 1994. We certainly that Princess Diana would have unleashed a few of his regrets wearing this little number.
Referred to as ‘THAT DRESS’ is the risqué yet stunning Versace dress Elizabeth Hurley wore when she accompanied Hugh Grant to the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994. The black dress was famously held together by several oversized gold safety pins and is considered to be Versace's most well-known creation - a defining fashion moment in LBD history.
In one of our favourite little black dresses of all time, Kate makes an appearance on our list again. Kate stepped out on to the red carpet with Johnny Depp by her side radiating femininity in this unique feather number. An off-the-shoulder, knee-length design teamed with opaque tights, sling backs and an up-do make for quite the pinnacle of 90s evening fashion.
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Bond hit ‘Skyfall’, and a performer of the evening, Adele took to the red carpet at the 2013 Oscars wearing a beautifully embellished floor-length black dress. A woman who knows how to dress her curves to perfection is a woman who definitely earns herself a place in our most iconic black dresses collection.
Ms. Moss makes our list again for the black dress she wore to her Topshop collaboration launch party in 2010. This beautifully simple black dress teamed with deep V-neckline, ¾ length sleeves and maxi length gives it a modest but seductive feel and is wholly flattering for all shapes and sizes.
The Geordie beauty pushed the fashion boundaries back in 2010 when she walked out as an X Factor judge in a futuristic black dress designed by up-and-coming designer David Koma. The dress divided opinion, but what’s an iconic little black dress without a little controversy?
No one can deny that actress Natalie Portman looked absolutely mesmerising in the outfit she wore for her leading role in dark film, Black Swan. It’s one of the most captivating performances and black dresses ever created. Though we’re not quite sure it’s right for a Friday night…
Actress and activist Emma Watson rocked a show-stopping black dress by Prabal Gurung to the 2013 Met Ball. Showing off her youthful physique with the cut away design, Emma managed to pull off one of the best looks of the evening. She was also recently voted as Glamour Magazine's second best dressed woman.
This extravagant black velvet Atelier Versace gown was the perfect black dress for the beautiful Angelina Jolie who wore it to the 2012 Oscars. Sparking the term ‘Angelina moment’ – flashing a leg with a daringly high side split – this is truly one of the most beautiful black dresses spotted on the red carpet.
Demi Moore certainly pushed the boundaries of cut out detailing with the black dress she wore for her starring role in 1993 film Indecent Proposal. The sexually alluring $5,000 dress was designed by Thierry Mugler and has definitely defied time – it’s just as lust worthy now as it was back then – a true classic little black dress.
Carey Mulligan wore a black dress by design house Prada to the 2010 Academy Awards. Mulligan's gown was so unique. It featured a rarely seen (at the time) mullet shaped hemline and tiny nut and bolt embellishments, a custom creation that we think was the perfect fit for the quirky Brit.
Starting with the Givenchy black dress she wore in 1961 in the opening scene of classic rom-com, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Audrey Hepburn is without a doubt the pioneer of the little black dress movement. It continues to be the most famous LBD of all time.
Cher managed to steal the limelight (doesn’t she always?) at the 1986 Academy Awards by wearing another bold and memorable Bob Mackie outfit. A fashion extrovert, Cher never goes unnoticed and this particular black dress is now known as one of the most famous Oscar appearances of all time!
For her first official portrait, First Lady Michelle Obama kept it classic and timelessly chic, opting for a simple black dress by all-American designer Michael Kors, finished with a double strand of pearls. You’ve got to love her patriotism, we expected nothing less.
The black dress J-Lo chose to wear at her 46th birthday celebrations in New York definitely didn’t leave much to the imagination and divided opinion across the world. The risqué number featured bold cut outs and curve-enhancing sheer mesh panels. Well, as they say, if you’ve got it, flaunt it!
Whilst promoting cult television programme Dynasty, Joan Collins rocked a show-stopping black dress, complete with 80s power shoulders. It was certainly a commanding look and made her role as the beautiful but vengeful ex-wife even more convincing!
Kate's velvet, strapless Alexander McQueen gown, in all of its screen-siren glory, has to be one of our all-time favourite little black dress moments. Radiating Hollywood glamour, the confident Princess wore it on the red carpet at the Sun’s Military Awards in 2011.
Elizabeth Taylor epitomises 1950s femininity and modesty in this beautifully cinched black dress featured in the 1959 film Suddenly, Last Summer. The classic silhouette really characterises Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’ of that era, one that is still called upon for inspiration today.
The late Paula Yates wore this distinctive sheer-meets-satin black dress with added cuffs and collar at the 1985 Fashion Aid Charity fundraising event, kick-starting the ever popular preppy trend. This dress may scream ‘80s’ yet it wouldn’t look out of place today, a sign of a true classic LBD.
Behind many glittering Marilyn moments, there’s an equally thrilling dress. And next on our list is another one of her slinky little black dresses. Featuring in the 1959 film Some Like it Hot, this risqué black beaded cocktail dress really is, well, hot!
The simple little black dress was made instantly wearable when the beautiful girl-next-door Jennifer Aniston posed for a F.R.I.E.N.D.S poster back in the 90s – which made her hair and black dress the most imitated look by millions of women worldwide.
Posing at the Trevi Fountain in Rome and providing the perfect backdrop for one of the ultimate 50s screen sirens, Anita Ekberg, certainly looks the essence of beauty in a sweetheart neckline black dress. A classic and truly iconic shaped dress.
Three months before she publicly announced her pregnancy Queen B posed backstage post performance at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas wearing a flawless Lanvin black dress, to match her flawless voice.
Delving back into the LBD archives is the dress Carmen Miranda wore in her most famous movie, the 1943 ‘The Gang’s All Here’. This beautiful little black Dress fit Carmen like a glove, just look at that impeccable waistline!
In the 1988 film ‘Working Girl,’ Melanie Griffith rocked a sparkly black dress from Katherine’s closet, turning cheap into chic. Could this little black dress have been an additional factor to grab her that Academy Award nomination? We think so.
What better way to mark the start of her career and rise to fame by wearing a classic cami style black dress whilst receiving the 2007 Pop Award for her debut album Back to Black. Added to her distinctive rockabilly look was Amy’s trademark beehive hairdo and inked arms.
It was no surprise this Victoria Secret’s beauty chose to show off her body on the 2013 Met Gala red carpet; if we had a body like that we’d have opted for this sexy Michael Kors black dress too! It takes cut-out detailing to the extreme and makes it an ultimately very memorable dress.
Another iconic little black dress worn by a 50s screen star, this time it’s the strapless satin black dress that Rita Hayworth wore in the 1946 film, Gilda. It soon rose to iconic black dress status when she posed for promo images teaming the dress with a pair of long black gloves and glam waved hair.
British Beauty Kate Moss looked elegant on the Donnie Brasco red carpet in 1997 in this vintage inspired black flapper dress. A delicately embellished style that feels both 20s inspired and, thanks to her minimal accessories, 90s feeling, too.
Thanks to iconic movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, in which her entire wardrobe comprised of little black dresses by Hubert de Givenchy, this is a woman who really put the LBD on the map. If you haven't seen the film and are a true LBD fan, get watching now!
Whilst starring in 007’s Casino Royale, Bond girl Eva Green dressed to thrill in the ultimate chic black dress. Straight from the screen to iconic dress status, Eva completed the intricate lace sleeved dress with red lips, diamonds and an elegant up do.
Arguably one of the most memorable women in history, this drama queen made any outfit look effortless and sexy. When opting for a dress, a little black one was one of her favourites. In this little black dress Marilyn exudes a sultry and alluring look showing off her famous curves in the 1950's film The Asphalt Jungle.
There’s a new daring diva on the scene, the fearless Rita Ora. Talking about fearless, at the 2015 Oscars, Rita donned a daring and completely sheer design by Donna Karan. Though it left very little to the imagination, her body confidence was admirable and the dress was simply sensational, it will definitely go down in LBD history.
When it comes to the classic bodycon dress, you can leave it to supermodel Helena Christensen to have been seen wearing it first. Hervé Léger’s skin-tight and iconic ‘bandage dress’ made its debut on the 1995 Paris Catwalk and has since become something of a little black dress icon, it a downright effortless evening time look.
Sex and The City
There is no doubt that the fiery foursome would appear on our list of iconic LBD’s, each character loved a little black dress! In this promo image from one of the earlier seasons, Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha each don a black dress to suit their individual figures, and looking back, look so 90s!
This shot is taken from the film 'Rear Window' in which actress Grace Kelly starred with James Stewart. The silhouette of the calf-length black dress really epitomises 50's style – fitted at the waist with a floaty midi skirt. One thing is for sure, as both an actress and a princess, Grace Kelly proved that the LBD is majestic.
This First Lady was particularly loved by the public for her highly on-trend but Oval Office befitting attire. To quote the woman herself, 'pearls are always appropriate'. Mrs Kennedy wasn't afraid to wear what she wanted and dressed up at any opportunity. She showed us that along with her personal style, the LBD is timeless.