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Little Black Dress (LBD)

When John Singer Sargent painted Louisiana native turned Parisian socialite Virginie Gautreau in a little black dress his artwork highlighted her notorious nature and reputation.
10/02/2015 09:49am ET | Updated December 6, 2017
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Madame X (Courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art)

When John Singer Sargent painted Louisiana native turned Parisian socialite Virginie Gautreau in a little black dress his artwork highlighted her notorious nature and reputation. The 1884 Salon exhibit of the oil portrait Madame X created a scandal and her social standing was ruined. The Little Black Dress (LBD) is a wardrobe staple with delicious possibilities by turns chic, elegant, sensuous and classic. For the modern day seductress here are a few Little Black Dresses under $100. With the savings one can splurge on a designer minaudière or sexy stilettos. Be careful in your LBD remember Madame X.
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