15 of the most iconic celebrity LBDs ever: from Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga’s sheer dresses to Rihanna’s Dior maternity gown, and Angelina Jolie’s Versace look

Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Cindy Crawford all donning chic little black dresses. Photos: Handout; AP; @amorversace, @ladygaganownet, @KimKLegion/Twitter

The little black dress is considered a fashion staple for its simplicity and versatility. From Princess Diana’s “Revenge Dress” to Rihanna’s maternity gown, let’s take a look back at the best-ever LBDs worn by celebrities.

1. Coco Chanel

Gabrielle Chanel at work, photographed by Roger Schall in 1937. Photo: Akiko & Pierre

According to The Atlantic, an October 1926 issue of Vogue featured a sketch of a black, long-sleeved sheath dress made by Coco Chanel. The magazine’s editors predicted the dress would “become sort of a uniform for all women of taste”.

Coco Chanel’s LBD is the most iconic of its form in fashion history. Photo: @OnThisDayShe/Twitter

Indeed, the style took off and has long been considered an iconic classic and a wardrobe staple for many people – including celebrities.

2. Princess Diana

Dubbed the “Revenge Dress”, Princess Diana’s little black dress stunned the whole world in 1994. Photo: @princesdianaa/Instagram

In 1994, Princess Diana donned a velvet, off-the-shoulder minidress for an event at the Serpentine Gallery in London, England.

Princess Diana tragically died in 1997. Photo: Instagram

The dress made headlines for its daring silhouette and its timing. Diana wore the ensemble the same night that her husband Prince Charles admitted he had been unfaithful to her, The New York Times reported.

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3. Elizabeth Hurley

Liz Hurley and Hugh Grant dated for 13 years before they split up in 2000. Photo: @amorversace/Twitter

Another major moment for little black dresses also came in 1994 when Elizabeth Hurley wore a black Versace dress adorned with gold safety pins to the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Elizabeth Hurley rocking a Versace LBD with her arms linked with then-boyfriend Hugh Grant. Photo: @amorversace/Twitter
The Telegraph reported in 2014 that Hurley, an unknown actress at the time, described the dress as a “favour” from Versace because she couldn’t afford one.

4. Audrey Hepburn

Actress Audrey Hepburn in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Photo: Handout

The legendary actress, who played Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, looked glamorous in the simple black dress, accessorised with a pearl necklace, tiara and elbow-length gloves.

The sleek black Givenchy dress made for Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 classic film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, was sold at Christie’s South Kensington in London, United Kingdom, in 2006. Photo: Newscom

The influential look was designed by Hubert de Givenchy, founder of the luxury fashion house Givenchy. The dress was sold for US$807,000 in 2006, according to Today.

5. Meghan Markle

The Duchess of Sussex switched up her style when she attended the centenary celebration of the Royal Air Force in 2018. Cosmopolitan wrote at the time that it was a new look for her.
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry watch a fly-past of Royal Air Force aircraft pass over Buckingham Palace in London, in 2018. Photo: AP

Markle’s fit-and-flare Dior silhouette was reminiscent of the brand’s “New Look”, a collection the designer unveiled in 1947.

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6. Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford, an iconic supermodel of the 90s. Photo: @amorversace/Twitter

Supermodel Cindy Crawford stood out when she wore a little black dress by Léger to a Vogue anniversary party in 1998.

Cindy Crawford wearing a little black dress by Léger to a Vogue anniversary party in 1998. Photo: @amorversace/Twitter

Crawford paired the look with feathered gloves and black heels, but she totally embodied the chic, understated glamour that defined 90s fashion.

7. Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston went simple yet elegant for her magazine cover celebration event. Photo: @womenthusiasm/Twitter

One of Jennifer Aniston’s best iterations came in 1997 when she wore a simple minidress to her Cosmopolitan cover celebration.

Friends, the cast: David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courteney Cox Arquette as Monica Geller Bing, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay and Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani. Photo: Reuters/Warner Bros. Television
The dress was similar to the outfit she wore in press photos for Friends, where she portrayed the stylish character Rachel Green.

8. Cher

Cher turned heads in her 1986 Oscars look. Photo: @cherjpg/Twitter

In a 2019 “Life in Looks” video with Vogue, Cher revealed that her 1986 Oscars outfit was one of her all-time favourites. She wore her own twist on the LBD, sparkling in a black, midriff-baring outfit designed by Bob Mackie.

Cher’s head-to-toe black outfit is inspired by showgirls. Photo: @cherjpg/Twitter

Mackie was inspired by showgirls when he designed Cher’s ensemble and matching headdress, according to Vanity Fair.

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9. Rihanna

Rihanna at the Dior autumn/winter 2022 show in Paris, on March 1. Photo: Handout
The singer told Vogue in May that she wanted to redefine maternity fashion, but her sheer Dior look re-examined the little black dress as well.
Rihanna challenged maternity fashion norms with a daring, lacey ensemble in March. Photo: Handout

In one of her best outfits of the year, Rihanna showed off her belly in a black lace bra and thong beneath a sheer lace skirt, creating the illusion of a dress.

10. Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian is renowned for turning heads on the red carpet. Photo: @KimKLegion/Twitter

Kardashian asked her Twitter followers to vote for a look and help her dress for the VMAs in 2016, as per Refinery29.

Kim Kardashian attending the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in August 2016, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photo: AFP

After the sexy look won by a slim margin, Kardashian showed up at the event in a cinched, sheer minidress, which she paired with strappy sandals and wet-look hair.

11. Angelina Jolie

Actress Angelina Jolie poses on the red carpet for photographers as she arrives the 84th Academy Awards in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, in February 2012. Photo: AP

In one of the most memorable Oscars’ red carpet moments ever, the actress popped her leg out of her high-slit dress, generating dozens of memes and chatter online.

Presenter Angelina Jolie speaks onstage during the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center in February 2012, in Hollywood, California. Photo: AFP

Although Jolie’s right leg soaked up much of the limelight, her slinky Versace dress was also made famous by the incident.

12. Mireille Darc

Mireille Darc’s brave LBD is revealed in The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe. Photo: @rollingArt43/Twitter

Mireille Darc is known for her appearance in the French film, The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe, in which she walks around in a velvet dress with an ultra-low back that reaches the top of her buttocks.

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Mireille Darc wearing a backless number that became iconic. Photo: @rollingArt43/Twitter

L’Officiel referred to the model and actress as one of the great godmother-icons of the backless, black dress.

13. Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama is the former US first lady, who was by Barack Obama’s side during his presidency. Photo: @SurvivinAmerica/Twitter

The former first lady’s turn with the little black dress at the ESPYs featured an asymmetrical cut at the neckline and a bodycon silhouette.

Michelle Obama is loved for her genuine charm and charisma. Photo: @SurvivinAmerica/Twitter
She’s become notable for her sophisticated taste in clothes that never feels stuffy or stiff, which she proved at the 2017 event.

14. Winona Ryder

Actress Winona Ryder arrives for the Artists Rights Foundation awards dinner honouring film director Martin Scorsese with the John Huston Award for Artists Rights, in 1996. Photo: Reuters

Fashionista reported that the actress wore the Giorgio Armani dress at several high-profile events in Hollywood before donning it again for the 2000 Oscars.

Actress Winona Ryder rocking a black dress. Photo: Corbis

Although she changed up her accessories and make-up for each turn, it’s clear that Ryder’s love for her favourite black dress stood the test of time.

15. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga has made headlines many times for her daring fashion looks. Photo: @ladygaganownet/Twitter
Gaga received a lot of media attention after she was photographed in a black Christian Siriano dress with dramatic tulle sleeves outside Jimmy Kimmel Live! where she was promoting her film House of Gucci.

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Lady Gaga wearing the black Christian Siriano tulle dress. Photo: @ladygaganownet/Twitter

Siriano also shared a photo of Gaga in the dress on his Instagram, writing in the caption that the star was “just divine” in his design.

This article originally appeared on Insider
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  • The little black dress was made famous by Coco Chanel in the 1920s – it’s now a staple in many wardrobes, including those of celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Liz Hurley
  • Princess Diana and Meghan Markle stunned at events in LBDs, as too did Cindy Crawford and Winona Ryder, while Mireille Darc and Audrey Hepburn wore them in iconic films