The Little Black
Dress by André Leon
Conceived by Coco Chanel, immortalized in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and now examined by André Leon Talley, the LBD has a weighty heritage. Talley’s book (Skira Rizzoli) features essays by leading fashion journalists and exquisite examples of the piece through the years. As Talley puts it, “The zenith of elegance in any wardrobe is the little black dress, the power of which suggests dash and refinement.” Out now
Who: Model turned Oscar-winning actress whose beauty made her a muse to legendary photographers Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton.
Her look: Fashion's unofficial gothic-glamour star.
The runway tribute: Haider Ackermann’s chiffon slips, Emilio Pucci’s sheer gowns and Saint Laurent’s billowing jumpsuits could have been taken from Huston’s signature ’70s wardrobe.
How to work it now: Long black dresses with translucent inserts, low necklines and peekaboo cuts. Sculptural accessories essential.
dark allure is reimagined for SS13credits
Words: Jessica Jonzen; Natalie Rigg. Photograph: Getty Images