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The Most Iconic LBD Moments

by Emma Menteath, Editorial Lead

As Karl Lagerfeld once said, “one is never overdressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.” An iconic style that never goes out of fashion, the LBD is an essential wardrobe must-have for every woman. Here's our favourite iconic LBD moments.

1. Coco Chanel - 1926

In 1926 Vogue published a drawing of a black Coco Chanel dress stating that it was a dress accessible to women of all classes. The timing could not have been more appropriate - the dress was released during the Great Depression era when simple and affordable were the two things all women wanted.

2. Audrey Hepburn - Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961

One of the most iconic dresses in cinema belonged to Holly Golightly. We all adore the scene of Audrey, aka Holly, wearing her LBD, munching on a croissant and sipping coffee while longingly staring at Tiffany jewellery through the store window. Fun fact: The original Givenchy dress featured in the film was auctioned off in 2006 for £467,000!

3. Madonna - American Music Awards, 1985

Madonna attended the 12th Annual Music Awards in 1985 in a Jean Paul Gaultier corset dress with a cone-shaped bra, heralding the start of a creative partnership between the Queen of Pop and JPG that would last for decades.

4. Donatella Versace - Met Gala, 1993

Versace’s 1992 bondage strap dress is a favourite amongst celebs. Donatella first wore it back in 1993 to the Met Gala, Beyoncé wore it in a photoshoot in 2011, Naomi Campbell was filmed wearing it during The Face in 2014 and just last year (2018) Kim Kardashian wore it to the Met Gala after party.

5. Princess Diana - Serpentine Gallery Summer Party, 1994

Named the ‘Revenge Dress’ and quite possibly one of Princess Diana’s most iconic style moments, this black plunging Christina Stamboulian dress was worn by Diana to a party at the Serpentine Gallery in London. Coincidentally (or not, we will never know) on the same night, a documentary aired on TV in which Prince Charles confessed to his affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, catapulting this dress into Royal fashion history.

6. Elizabeth Hurley - Premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral, 1994

The ‘Safety Pin Dress’ - voted the most iconic dress of all time – was designed by Versace and worn by Elizabeth Hurley to the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994. Elizabeth Hurley has said that she was in desperate need of a dress for the premiere and was lent the gown at the last minute by a PR agency who "literally fished a dress out of a white plastic bag”.

7. Jennifer Aniston - Emmy Awards, 1995

Jennifer Aniston’s go-to red carpet look during the 90s was often a LBD. She claimed that she thought she looked like 'a glammed up version of Rachel [from Friends]’ in this dress at the 1995 Emmy Awards. Aniston (and Rachel) went on to become an iconic source of fashion - and hair – inspiration for many women during the 90s.

8. Sex and The City - TV Series Poster, 1998

Since 1998, the Sex and the City cast have been poster girls for the LBD. From the black dresses worn by all four girls in the first ever poster for the show in 1998 to the black lace slip Carrie wore on Big’s last day in New York and Charlotte's black taffeta bridesmaid dress, the LBD is a SATC classic.

9. Victoria Beckham - Rookery Hall Hotel, Cheshire, 1998

A modern celebrity fairytale began when Victoria (then more commonly known as Posh Spice) and David Beckham announced their engagement back in 1998. At the photo call, Victoria opted for an ultra tight mini LBD with a luxurious coat and, of course, David was dressed to match.

10. Kate Moss – National Portrait Gallery, 2002

If there’s one party girl we’ve adored through the decades, it’s got to be Kate Moss. And Kate has never looked sexier than she did at the opening of Mario Testino’s portrait exhibition wearing an LBD by Balenciaga. A classic with a rock 'n’ roll twist.

11. Sienna Miller – Glastonbury, 2004

Sienna Miller sets the boho agenda and proves to us that LBDs aren’t just for red carpets and after parties – they can be styled up casually for festivals too.

12. Kim Kardashian – Hollywood, 2019

That time Kim Kardashian left Craig’s Restaurant in a skin tight Thierry Mugler dress that left very little to the imagination. That’s an LBD we won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

13. Zoe Kravitz - Big Little Lies premiere, 2019

Zoe Kravitz - as always - looked breathtaking at the premiere of Big Little Lies (a TV show we’ve loved and adored!) in a Saint Laurent LBD covered in eye-catching crystals.