The Fashion Icon : The Little Black Dress

Some could argue that Audrey Hepburn is the reason for fashion’s obsession with the Little Black Dress also known as LBD. Her classic Holly Golightly look from Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of the most iconic ‘Old Hollywood’ photos out there.


The simple Givenchy column gown, 3-strand pearl necklace, large tortoiseshell sunglasses, sleek updo, diamond earrings, and long cigarette holder will forever be known as an Audrey Hepburn-inspired look!

When Hubert de Givenchy first met Audrey Hepburn in his Parisian atelier in 1953, he thought he was meeting another, at the time more famous, Hepburn – a certain Katharine.


Nevertheless, the couturier was so fascinated by the young actress’ quirky fashion sense – she wore a straw gondolier’s hat emblazoned with the word ‘Venezia’ – and a la garcon figure that he agreed to have her try on some samples from his Spring/Summer 1953 collection. Hepburn was on a mission to find the perfect wardrobe for Sabrina and had personally chosen Givenchy, who she thought to be “the newest, youngest, most exciting couturier”.


Hepburn’s allure was irresistible. (Her Breakfast at Tiffany’s LBD set a record in 2006, when it was auctioned for £410,000, six times the original estimate.)


The little Black dress is part of wardrobe essential , has no season, is a hot pick for either summer or winter.  Here is our selection from the Summer 2020 collections.

As for Summer, there is one for every girl from Modest Fashion as seen as seen at Elie Saab, JW Anderson, Rock & Roll from Redemption to Saint Laurent, and of course Versace who always has LBD on catwalks and for Ladies lunch Prada and Celine.

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