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</br>A staple of women's wardrobes across the wardrobes across the world, the little black dress has become synonymous with refined style and elegance. Its simple form was championed by numerous designers, but it was the legendary French couturier Coco Chanel who came to be identified with it. <!-- -->
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</br>"Coco Chanel was a very chic woman herself and that was an element that helped her stand out", says Patricia Mears, deputy director of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. "She was able to adapt the design of her little black dress throughout the decades, and her own style helped her version of it rise above all others."<!-- -->
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</br>By <strong><a href='https://twitter.com/M_Veselinovic' target='_blank'>Milena Veselinovic</a></strong>, for CNN

Coco Chanel, the little black dress

A staple of women's wardrobes across the wardrobes across the world, the little black dress has become synonymous with refined style and elegance. Its simple form was championed by numerous designers, but it was the legendary French couturier Coco Chanel who came to be identified with it.

"Coco Chanel was a very chic woman herself and that was an element that helped her stand out", says Patricia Mears, deputy director of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. "She was able to adapt the design of her little black dress throughout the decades, and her own style helped her version of it rise above all others."

By Milena Veselinovic, for CNN