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10 most iconic movie dresses of all time

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10 most iconic movie dresses of all time

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10 most iconic movie dresses of all time

Iconic movie dress: Elizabeth Taylor in BUtterfield 8 (1960)

The gown: Elizabeth Taylor’s slip by costume designer Helen Rose   Why we love it: Taylor, martini in hand, leaning dreamily against a doorway in this silk and lace dress, was responsible for the spike in lingerie sales that year. And it likely served as inspiration for Marc Jacobs’ bedtime chic Fall 2013 collection for Louis Vuitton.   11 bedtime chic fashion pieces to own

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10 most iconic movie dresses of all time

Iconic movie dress: Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City (2008)

The gown: The wedding dress designed by Vivienne Westwood   Why we love it: With its asymmetrical tiers and diagonal-cut bodice, this $16,000-gown is exactly the kind of OTT yet romantic outfit we expect our Carrie Bradshaw to get stood up at the altar in (bonus points for pairing with a turquoise feather on the veil).   Top celebrity engagement rings

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10 most iconic movie dresses of all time

Iconic movie dress: Grace Kelly in Rear Window (1954)

 The gown: The cocktail dress by costume designer Edith Head   Why we love it: Alfred Hitchcock made fashion icons out of his famous heroines (Grace Kelly, Catherine Deneuve, Ingrid Bergman) and in the opening scene of the film, the director wanted Kelly to look like a “Dresden doll”. Here, the billowing chiffon skirt and nipped-in waist emphasizes the highly tailored silhouette of the femme fatale.   Film noir fashion trend spotlight

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10 most iconic movie dresses of all time

Iconic movie dress: Marilyn Monroe in The Seven-Year Itch (1955)

The gown: The white halter dress by costume designer William Travilla   Why we love it: The image of Marilyn Monroe playfully standing over a New York City subway grate as her skirt billows above her is one of the most enduring moments of film—period. While the scene that eventually ended up in the film was shot in a studio, this snapshot of history has become one of the most reproduced, quintessentially revealing photos of Monroe.   Celeb style steal: Ladylike Kate Middleton

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10 most iconic movie dresses of all time

Iconic movie dress: Catherine Zeta-Jones in Chicago (2002)

The gown: Catherine Zeta-Jones’ flapper dress by costume designer Colleen Atwood   Why we love it: The 1920s flapper-inspired dress Zeta-Jones wore during her “All that Jazz” musical number is only one of the many iconic, flashy pieces that helped Atwood score Best Costume Design at the Oscars that year.   The 10 new red carpet style stars

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10 most iconic movie dresses of all time

Iconic movie dress: Diane Keaton in Annie Hall (1977)

The look: Diane Keaton’s classic menswear wardrobe   Why we love it: Anything considered menswear-inspired—whether on the runways or in purposeful androgynous tailoring—is in some way credited to Diane Keaton’s brilliant wardrobe of three-piece suiting and slim ties throughout the film. Keaton—who wore her own clothes on set—continues her love of suits and ties on the red carpet to this day.   Menswear-inspired heels: Winter fashion trend

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10 most iconic movie dresses of all time

Iconic movie dress: Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita (1960)

The gown: The black mermaid dress by Rome fashion house Gattinoni   Why we love it: The scene of Anita Ekberg’s Sylvia bathing herself in the Trevi Fountain—and beckoning co-star Marcello Mastroianni to join her—is one of those magical movie moments. Adding to the film’s allure, it’s been said that Cristóbal Balenciaga’s mythological sack dress of 1957 inspired director Federico Fellini’s vision for the entire film.   Style lessons: 5 ways to wear your little black dress

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10 most iconic movie dresses of all time

Iconic movie dress: Keira Knightley in Atonement (2007)

The gown: The emerald floor-length dress by costume designer Jacqueline Durran   Why we love it: This 1930s-inspired emerald evening satin dress may be the most iconic fashion piece to have emerged from cinema in the last decade. Chanel jewellery—18-karat white gold and diamond star hair studs with matching Cosmos bracelet—delicately complemented this backless gown.   20+ most iconic red carpet dresses  

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10 most iconic movie dresses of all time

Iconic movie dress: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

The gown: The little black dress by Hubert de Givenchy   Why we love it: Hepburn’s Holly Golightly stepping out of a cab in the black Givenchy dress in the opening scene of the film has become its own cinematic fairytale. The gown itself has garnered a Wikipedia page and is probably the gold standard in LBDs—and inspired a fashion statement that will forever live on in the closets of women everywhere.   Top 5 fashion films

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10 most iconic movie dresses of all time

Iconic movie dress: Rita Hayworth in Gilda (1946)

The gown: The strapless gown by Jean Louis   Why we love it: A sultry Hayworth playfully sashays on stage during her musical number/striptease “Put the Blame on Mame” wearing the gown that inspired all other strapless gowns. What you may not know is that the strategically placed bow is covering Hayworth’s belly—she was pregnant throughout the filming of Gilda.   20 best-dressed women of all time

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