The LBD, then and now. Photos: Getty, MIT

Pinar Yanardag and Emily Salvador, two MIT researchers, developed an AI that can design a unique little black dress. To get there, they fed in thousands of designs. The result is an asymmetrical, V-neck dress. The researchers topped off the outfit with AI-designed jewelry, shoes and a necklace — and it doesn't look half bad.

Context: For many women, the "little black dress" — first conceptualized by Chanel in the 1920s flapper years — is a wardrobe staple. It's a classic color, perfect for nights out (with a pair of heels) or a day in the office (with a blazer). But these days, with every big-time and small-time designer adding the LBD to their collections, the market is flooded with every kind of black dress imaginable — and it's hard to stand out.

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