The world's most iconic LBDs: as voted for by you
The little black dress is undoubtedly one of the most famous fashion pieces of all time. Ever since it was reinvented by the late, great Coco Chanel back in the 20s as the go-to dress for all women, it has taken on iconic status. Versatile, reliable, chic, flattering and appealing to women of all ages and styles, the little black dress is the ultimate wardrobe staple.
But which is the most iconic LBD of all time? Is it the simple shift as favoured by Chanel, the dress that immortalised Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, or how about Liz Hurley’s infamous safety pin dress she wore back in 1994 on the arm of Hugh Grant?
LittleBlackDress.co.uk endeavoured to find out. We asked more than 1,000 of you to reveal your LBD idol. And perhaps not surprisingly, there was one very clear winner: Audrey Hepburn and her classic black Givenchy dress in the iconic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s was the overriding winner with 46% of the votes. Designed by Hubert de Givenchy in 1961 for Audrey’s role as Holly Golightly, an ethereally beautiful, young party girl living in New York City, the film and the dress were both an instant success. Fast forward to 2002 and Audrey’s little black dress sold to an anonymous bidder at auction for a staggering £467,200.
In joint second place, each with 9% of the votes were Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana. The dresses that made the grade were the plunging, black cocktail dress Marilyn wore on the arm of her husband Arthur Miller when he received the 1959 Gold Medal for Drama Award, and Diana’s sweet-heart neckline LBD, captured by Mario Testino for Vanity Fair, just months before she tragically died.
In third place with 7% of the votes was the classic fashion icon, Coco Chanel. Chanel introduced the little black dress in the 1920s, during a time when bright colours and busy prints dominated the fashion scene. She filled a niche in the market that instantly made the LBD a symbol of chic and sophisticated simplicity.
In fifth and sixth place, with 6% and 5% of the votes, were Hollywood actresses Angelina Jolie and singer-turned-fashion-designer Victoria Beckham. Angelina was chosen for the unforgettable velvet black gown she wore to the 84th Annual Academy Awards in 2012 revealing a model-esque leg through a sky-high split. Just 24 hours after the ceremony 'Angelina legbombing' became a viral term with that very skinny leg being cleverly placed on a variety other imagery, including on Darth Vadar and the Statue of Liberty to name just a few.
Victoria Beckham’s little black dress became her signature look during the Spice Girls, so much so that Sporty Spice was even quoted as saying to her: ‘It must be so hard for you Victoria. I mean, having to decide whether to wear the little black Gucci dress, the little black Gucci dress or... the little black Gucci dress.'
Jackie Kennedy and Kate Middleton received 5% (52) of the votes for their infamous black dresses, while Liz Hurley pulled in just 3% of the votes for her daring Versace safety pin LBD she wore to the Four Weddings and a Funeral premiere. She went from being Hugh Grant’s girlfriend to household name overnight.
Old-school Hollywood heroes Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth and 60s style icons Twiggy and Sophia Loren were also acknowledged in the survey, as was modern-day fashionistas Alexa Chung and Emma Watson. Of course, the survey wasn’t complete without a few unexpected results, with Miss Piggy and Elvira Mistress of the Dark being nominated for the LBD icon title. Who gets your vote? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.