The little black dress may have been introduced by Coco Chanel, but it was Audrey Hepburn who made the garment famous in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's. From Hepburn's Givenchy sheath to Queen Bey's embellished mini, the LBD has become the uniform of choice for some of the most iconic women in history. Here, we've chronicled the closet staple from the 1920s to now, proving its timeless appeal.
Joan Bennett kept the traditional flapper style—a drop waist and a paneled hem—but the black color makes it timeless.
Lauren Bacall dresses up her v-neck LBD with a four-strand pearl choker and, of course, her killer stare.
The full skirt and tight bustier of Elizabeth Taylor's dress was the epitome of style in the 1950s, but rather than follow the bright print and pattern trend of the time, the young starlet opted for a simple black fabric.
Actress Sophia Loren shows there's no limit to what you can do with a LBD, thanks to this pleated and nautical design that she wore in Cannes.
Marilyn Monroe's chic figure-hugging black sheath dress is proof that less is more.
Givenchy was chosen to design Audrey Hepburn's iconic black sheath dress that she wore in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Joan Crawford opted for a tulle scoop neck black dress when she appeared on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.
Sophia Loren knew how to travel in style, which is why the actress opted for a belted black coat dress and cheetah print hat while flying with TWA in the '60s.
French actress Catherine Deneuve added a bit of flair to her simple black dress with a gold square belt and metal embellishments.
In true '70s style, Jackie O. stepped out of her New York City apartment wearing a chic chiffon- and ruffled-sleeved black dress.
The "Like a Virgin" singer was known for her theatrics, which is why she shocked fans with her simple-yet-sophisticated black dress on Saturday Night Live in the '80s.
A young model at the time, Kate Moss's black dress with a high neck and cutout details wowed on the red carpet alongside her boyfriend, Johnny Depp.
Princess Diana's off-the-shoulder, form-fitting silk little black dress has been labeled "the revenge dress." She wore it the same night Prince Charles aired his tell-all documentary about the couple's marriage and subsequent divorce. Although Diana didn't make a statement that night, her LBD spoke volumes.
Pre-Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker flexed her style skills in a short black slip dress and sheer tights.
If we could personify the '90s in one dress, Reese Witherspoon's spaghetti strap black mini dress for the House of Yes premiere would be it.
Gwyneth Paltrow took the little black dress to a whole new level at the Bounce premiere in 2000. The starlet opted for a strapless and knee-length ruched version of the classic style.
The open slit and one shoulder cut on Mischa Barton's Billboard Music Awards dress gave the look a modern spin.
The below-the-knee length on Naomi Campbell's silk corset dress keeps the look sophisticated and classic.
Angelina Jolie looked demure in a black lace dress at the Cannes Film Festival with Brad Pitt.
At the Hancock premiere in London, Charlize Theron rocked the red carpet in a peplum black dress with a sky-high slit.
Kim Kardashian channels a vintage look in a detailed one shoulder black dress at the Jill Stuart fashion show.
Black is a signature color of Victoria Beckham, so we're not surprised that Posh Spice showed up in this three-quarter-sleeve black dress for an event at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.
The sequin embellishments on Jennifer Aniston's dress for the premiere of Horrible Bosses ensured the star is always red carpet ready.
Olivia Palermo's outfit for the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum launch is proof that a LBD doesn't have to have short sleeves.
Karlie Kloss's LBD for the The Amazing Spider-Man premiere in New York City included both cutouts, sheer paneling, and a high neck for a modern and edgy look.
Halle Berry dressed for success at Variety's 4th annual Power of Women event in a cap sleeved, belted black dress.
Kerry Washington's outfit at the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards had a lot going on—from the black dress's sheer lace detailing and ruffled hem to the actress's matching lip and clutch—and it was fabulous.
Christy Turlington channeled the 1920s with her flapper-inspired black dress that she wore to an event in New York City.
Regal as ever, the Duchess of Cambridge added a bit of glamour to her long-sleeved black dress with a crystal embellishment on her shoulder.
Cara Delevingne turned a simple LBD into a rocker chic get-up simply by adding a belt and leather jacket for The Face of an Angel premiere party.