Little Black Dresses

Who doesn’t love a little black dress?

Stylist Phillip Bloch says the most memorable black dresses of all time are:

Princess Diana’s strapless dress that she wore for her first public appearance with Prince Charles in 1981.

Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly’s dress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Marilyn Monroe’s sequined, spaghetti-strap dress that she wore onstage to entertain U.S. troops in Korea in 1954.

Betty Boop’s skimpy dress that barely covered her Mae West-inspired curves in the 1930s’ cartoons “Red Hot Mama” and “Stop the Show.”

Personally, I can’t even conjur Di’s dress, but the others are firmly planted in my brain. Perhaps it isn’t vintage enough for me — I adore the vintage little black dress. (See also The LITTLE BLACK DRESS by Amy Holman Edelman and Little Black Dress: Vintage Treasure by Didier Ludot.) Give me a few more years to remember and covet Di’s dress…

Speaking of Audrey’s dress, it’s going up for auction at Christie’s in December — with an estimated price tag of 50-70,000 pounds ($90-130,000).

What every little black dress needs, is a vintage little black slip.

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