The idea that a high hemline is a modern phenomenon is something of myth. Through the years there’s been no shortage of ladies keen to show they’re a cut above the rest.
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American dancer, model, showgirl and silent film actress Louise Brooks posing in a frilly dress.
Actress, dancer and singer Betty Grable dressed in a short skirt on the set of This Way Please.
American actress Peggy Moran photographed wearing a beautifully cut short dress.
Rita Hayworth wearing a mini dress for the film Cover Girl.
Iconic actress and model Marilyn Monroe posing in a daringly short skirt.
Actress and author Raquel Welch wearing a pink towelling mini dress with a striking yellow hem.
English pop singer Sandie Shaw posing in a stylish mini dress.
Model wearing a Robert Krausz’s puzzle-inspired design.
Goldie Hawn posing in a mini dress in a film still from Cactus Flower.
French star Brigitte Bardot wearing a glamorous pink mini dress.
Joan Collins in a typical 1960s black and white mini dress.
American singer Nancy Sinatra in a hippy-style, red crochet mini dress.
English actress Kate O’Mara wearing a fringe mini skirt.
English actress Moira Foot posing in a short button-down dress.
Model wearing a 1970s-style yellow plastic ‘bubble’ dress.
English actress Jacqueline Bisset posing in a pink mini dress.
Kim Basinger wearing a T-shirt dress in a film still from Never Say Never Again.
Model Ali Espley in a sequinned mini dress called ‘Fantasia 2001’.
Danish actress Brigitte Nielsen posing in a sultry black mini dress.
Iconic image of Sharon Stone wearing a revealing white mini dress, in the movie Basic Instinct.
Kate Moss modelling a mini skirt by Karl Lagerfeld.
Mariah Carey posing in a short pleated dress on her hotel room balcony.
Cindy Crawford wearing a Herve Leger bodycon dress.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell showing off an asymmetric mini dress in Paris.
Tori Spelling wearing a short black dress in a still from the hit show Beverly Hills 90210.
Shannen Doherty posing in a floral print pattern mini dress.
Kate Moss wearing a black and yellow wool top over a black jersey knit skirt by Versace.
Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls performing in her famous Union Jack dress.
Mariah Carey wearing a white bodycon dress at the Fresh Air Fund Benefit Dinner.
Jennifer Lopez singing her heart out in a sequined split mini skirt with matching hot pants.
Paris Hilton wearing a denim mini skirt at the Pierrot Fashion Show in New York.
Mariah Carey performing on British TV in a purple ra-ra skirt.
Beyoncé wearing a sparkly Dolce and Gabbana dress at the World Music Awards.
Naomi Campbell modelling a colourful short dress for London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2010.
Shakira arrives at the NRJ Music Awards wearing a short strapless dress.
Kristen Stewart attending the MTV Movie Awards in a sparkly silver mini dress.