Gabrielle Chanel, Cocktail Dress, circa 1965. Black silk chiffon; wide black satin ribbon; black silk crepe de chine; black lace.
Because I have bad lust for almost all things Chanel, I can't help featuring this flirty dress from 1965. It seems like with the right shoe (something edgy to undercut all those ruffles, perhaps?), you could wear it today.
From American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection, at Brooklyn Museum until August 1, 2010.