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6 LBDs That Changed History

Little black dress
Just walked into the room
Makin' heads turn
Can't stop looking at you
– One Direction

When One Direction writes a song about you, you know you’ve really made it. Ok, not really – the Little Black Dress (known from here out as the LBD), has been a revolutionary hit since it’s creation in 1926. French designer, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel created a movement in the pages of American Vogue with a calf-length, straight, simple LBD. 

Coco Chanel

That Chanel dress, in all it's simplicity, was a complete game changer. Pre-1920s, black was usually only worn by women in mourning, and considered indecent at most other times. A life without being able to wear all black?! How did they do it? Lucky for us, times (and fashion) have changed drastically.


The next LBD on our list is the Givenchy number Audrey Hepburn wore in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Holly Golightly accessorized with layers of pearls, a diamond tiara, sunglasses, a coffee and a croissant (our kinda gal). This set the tone for the sixties… and beyond.

Princess Diana LBD

This LBD is rather scandalous – it’s 'The Revenge Dress' worn by Diana to the Serpentine Gallery summer party. It just happened to be the same day Prince Charles confessed to his affair with Camilla. While some of us would have hidden from the world with a bag of microwave popcorn and a slew of Grey’s Anatomy DVDs (don’t judge), Diana went out in an LBD by Greek designer Christina Stambolian – an LBD she previously deemed too shocking to wear! When it comes to break-ups, may we all have Diana’s chutzpah.


Never forget the LBDs of Beverly Hills 90210. Not even a side-pony headache could keep Brenda or Kelly from finding the perfect LBD.


Victoria Beckham was known as “Posh Spice” for a reason. She was always wearing her trademark LBD. A joke was even made about it in the band’s (highly underrated) 1998 film ‘Spiceworld’. Scary Spice teased Posh, “I bet it must be really hard for you Victoria, ya know, trying to decide whether to wear the little Gucci dress, the little Gucci dress or the the little Gucci dress.”

Even though the dress was actually from Miss Selfridge (Gucci was still a little too out of reach for Poshie back in the day), it made a lasting impression on an entire generation of mini-Spices who, we’re pretty sure, are out there rocking some killer LBDs on the regular. 

And finally, you may have seen this gorgeous shot of models in LBDs floating around Pinterest. It’s inspired by the original shot taken by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue.

Featuring “The Supers,” the larger-than-life model pack that ruled the 90’s, led by Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlington, this image is all about attitude. While you can’t see the exact details of each look, you can rest assured that the LBD ruled the 90s catwalks – as evidenced here:

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And there you have it. A few of the LBD’s that have left their mark. We leave you with wise words from Uncle Karl (is there anyone wiser?!):

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