Mademoiselle Coco Chanel is sometimes credited with creating the "little black dress," although she was really just its popularizer. She really "stole" this look from other, less well-known fashion designers. In general, the "little black dress" and the invention of film both occurred around this time. Clara Bow appears in the silent picture in 1927 in a modest black gown with long sleeves and a lace collar. When she is invited to dinner at The Ritz, she whips up a beautiful cocktail outfit using scissors. This item of clothing is no longer merely a sign of sorrow, as it was in the Victorian era, but has become a trendy must-have and a uniform for social gatherings among high-society females.
In this post, we will discuss the most memorable "little black dresses" that have featured in movies since the mid-twentieth century and are still a model of sensuality, femininity, and immaculate taste.
GRACE KELLY IN "REAR WINDOW", 1954
Hitchcock movie character Lisa Fremont, a fashion industry executive recently flown in from Paris, wears a variety of fantastic outfits created by famous costume designer Edith Head, but this black chiffon ensemble stands out as one of the most sensual. It looks subtle and unmistakably seductive with transparent sleeves and a pearl necklace.
ANITA EKBERG IN "LA DOLCE VITA", 1960
All of Marcello Mastroianni's love partners in Fellini's film, from the sorrowful Yvonne Fourneau to the icy Anouk Aimé, recognize the surprising power of a plain black dress, but none of the looks come close to Sylvia, portrayed by Anita Ekberg. She dances late into the night in an elegant strapless ball gown before casually diving into Rome's Trevi Fountain. This picture undoubtedly helped to ensure the longevity of this moment, which is certainly the most famous in all of Italian cinema.
DELPHINE SEYRIG IN "LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD", 1961
In this bizarre mystery, Coco Chanel made stunning clothes for the enigmatic Delphine Seyrig, including a skirt suit, a white tulle dress, and a feather cape, as well as a series of meticulously crafted black party gowns. Despite the fact that it is difficult to grasp what is going on the screen, the visuals of the main character make it impossible to move your eyes away from them.
AUDREY HEPBURN IN "BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S", 1961
It is crucial to note that the simple and opulent design of the cinematic adaptation of The Little Black Dress was developed by French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy. This look was initially seen on screen on Holly Golightly, who visited the Fifth Avenue window of the Tiffany diamond store in the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's" to eat a croissant. Later in the film, the eccentric call lady wears a variety of amazing clothes, including a flamboyant orange coat and a pink stopper top, but it was this outfit that came to represent fashion in the movie.
GRACE JONES IN "BOOMERANG", 1992
In this romantic comedy from the 1990s, the renowned actress, known for her rebellious persona both on and off the screen, plays a very outlandish and provocative role. In a black off-the-shoulder dress and big gold earrings, she quickly makes a marriage proposal to Eddie Murphy while they are having dinner. Murphy's shock is evident as she places her palm on his knee and starts to playfully growl.
ANGELA BASSET IN "WHAT LOVE CAN DO", 1993
As Tina Turner in a biopic about her rise to fame and separation from her violent husband, Angela Bassett sported a variety of stunning stage outfits, many of which featured sequins and fringe. The black leather minidress she wears in the movie's concluding scene, when her ex-partner storms into her dressing room and threatens her, is the most stunning of them all and shows how she developed from a supporting role actor to a genuine star. She keeps her composure even when her life is in danger, calmly exits the situation, and then goes to the stage to be met by adoring admirers.
JENNIFER ANISTON IN "FRIENDS"
Throughout the ten years of the sitcom's existence, fashion-obsessed New Yorker Jennifer Aniston's character Rachel Green has worn a range of tiny black dresses, from square-cut straps and black dresses with thigh-high slits to strapless small dresses.
SARAH JESSICA PARKER IN "SEX AND THE CITY"
It's easy to miss a multitude of exquisite little black dresses in Carrie Bradshaw's magnificent dressing room, from the one-shoulder mini with a giant bodice to the strapless sheath dress with a huge butterfly necklace and a cocktail dress for Brooke's wedding. The most memorable, though, is the one seen in the very first episode: the short black dress in which the sex columnist first encounters Mr. Big.