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Little Black Dress Not the Only One Deserving of Reprise

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For years the little black dress – fondly known as the LBD – has been a fashion stand-by.

The dress was immortalized by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. That form-fitting black Givenchy gown sold at Christie’s in London in 2006 for 410,000 pounds, the equivalent of about $807,000 at the time.

Years after Holly Golightly wore the little black dress so elegantly, it’s still considered a fashion icon, not to mention a go-to for a wide range of occasions.

Boy band One Direction even titled a song on their recent Midnight Memories album “Little Black Dress.”

German fashion designer, artist, and photographer Karl Lagerfeld, head designer and creative director for Chanel is often quoted as saying that “One is never overdressed or underdressed with a little black dress.”

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The little black dress is a top choice at the holidays when women pull it out for seasonal cocktail parties.

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Retailers capitalize on the dress’s fame in marketing campaigns.

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Even celebrities turn to the little black dress:

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But Keira Knightley created a stir earlier this week when she showed up at the SeriousFun charity gala in London wearing a dress that looked a lot like her wedding gown.

If it was indeed her wedding dress, it will be at least the third time Knightley has worn the Chanel couture blush pink gown. She paired the same dress with black tights and pumps at an event back in 2008.

Coco Chanel herself was known to emphasize the importance of being true to oneself when making fashion decisions.

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Knightley may have been doing just that she when flouted Hollywood tradition and chose a gown she’d previously worn for her wedding dress, then appeared in the same number again a few months later.

Could Knightley and other fashion trend-setters make it acceptable to wear a dress more than once, even if it’s not the LBD?

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Little Black Dress Not the Only One Deserving of Reprise
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  • Donna Swarbrick

    Holly Golightly and her little black dress appeared in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, not Roman Holiday. A little respect for the birth of an iconic fashion statement, please.

  • Donna Swarbrick

    Holly Golightly and her little black dress appeared in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, not Roman Holiday. A little respect for the birth of an iconic fashion statement, please.

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