7 of Karl Lagerfeld’s Best Black Dresses

Here’s a recap of the best LBD creations dreamt by Karl Lagerfeld during his tenure at Chanel.

Karl Lagerfeld at his Spring-Summer 2014 runway show.

Karl Lagerfeld was one of the fashion industry’s most decorated designers, having helmed Chanel since 1983. On Feb. 19, he died at the age of 85, leaving behind a lasting fashion legacy thanks to his haute couture creations that graced the red carpet.

During his time at the luxury fashion Maison, he continued his predecessor’s legacy, creating knockout black dresses that ruled the red carpet and made for haute couture catnip to his muses for decades. He chose many celebrities to wear his timeless and delicate creations, which were immediately recognizable thanks to their intricate beading, feathery embroidery, and bright, bold hues.

Karl Lagerfeld and Cara Delevingne

Over the years, there have been many celebrities, who have paid tribute to the late designer at ceremonies like the pre-Oscars dinner. Those stars in the list included Tessa Thompson, Kristen Stewart, Penelope Cruz, Lily-Rose Depp, Julianne More, Miley Cyrus, Michelle Yeoh, Lupita Nyong’o, Lucy Boynton, Margot Robbie, Liam Hemsworth, Careyb Milligan, Leslie Mann, Judd Apatow, Shailene Woodley and Robin Wright. For instance, Tessa Thompson, who was presenting best score at the Academy Awards, wore a black silk bustier dress from Chanel on the 2019 Oscars red carpet. “Honouring Karl… Last couture collection,” her stylists Waymann Bannerman and Micah McDonald wrote on Instagram. “Thank you for your legacy.” They added, “beauty inspired by Coco Chanel.”

Let’s have a look back at some of the most unforgettable black little dresses that hit the red carpets.


Penelope Cruz attended the 2020 Oscars, wearing a beautiful Chanel gown, which ozzed voluminous camelia-motif glamour. The dress was inspired by a gown from the maison’s spring-summer 1995 collection.

Penelope Cruz


Lily-Rose Depp attended the 2019 Met Gala ceremony, wearing a Chanel archive chain-detail gown. She completed the look with strappy high-heels, a boxy bag, and earrings.

Lily-Rose Depp


Margot Robbie attended the Charles Finch And Chanel Pre-Oscar Awards Dinner in Beverly Hills, wearing a ruffled Chanel LBD with tasselled details from the house’s Haute Couture fall-winter 2017 collection.

Margot Robbie


Julianne More attended the Oscars 2016 wearing a custom plunging Chanel gown accented with ostentatious glitter. The dress was inspired by the maison’s haute couture spring-summer 2016 collection.

Julianne More


Kristen Stewart attended the Met Gala 2016, pulling off rebel chic in a cage-detail creation first worn by Binx Walton on the Fall-Winter 2016 runway.

Kristen Stewart


Cameron Diaz looked beautiful at the Shrek the Third London premiere. For the occasion, she opted for a Chanel camelia-motif halterneck dress.

Cameron Diaz


Supermodel Claudia Schiffer attended the 1995 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, wearing a plunging corsage-detail gown, which looked perfectly on her.

Claudia Schiffer