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20 best dressed women of all time

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20 best dressed women of all time

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20 best dressed women of all time

Best dressed celebrities: Kerry Washington

Of course, Kerry Washington is beautiful. But it’s the Scandal star’s flirty, feminine style that makes her a fashion star. She’s a fan of bold and unexpected colour pairings like the cotton candy blouse and aquamarine hoop skirt she wore at the 2013 NAACP Awards. We also love this textured floral Giambattista Valli ensemble, which stole the show at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards. GALLERY: Kerry Washington's best red carpet looks

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20 best dressed women of all time

Best dressed celebrities: Audrey Hepburn

In the battle for style supremacy, Audrey Hepburn rules. The phrase “style icon” instantly conjures the classic image of Audrey as Holly Golightly wearing that black Givenchy gown in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but she’s equally compelling in leggings and ballet flats. Elegant, refined, impossibly chic—Audrey had it all. GALLERY: Hollywood's most beautiful celebrities

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20 best dressed women of all time

Best dressed celebrities: Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett—serious actress, major fashion star. Cate’s unexpected fashion choices are legendary. The lilac Givenchy couture dress she wore to the 2011 Oscars was a sartorial success, and we also love this cool digital print Peter Pilotto dress, which she wore to the 2013 Dubai International Film Festival. GALLERY: Cate Blanchett's best red carpet looks

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20 best dressed women of all time

Best dressed celebrities: Princess Diana

Among her many talents, Princess Diana had a true flare for fashion. The world watched her style evolve from dowdy (during her early days as a royal) to divine, as she grew more confident in herself and her choices. In 1994, the same night that a documentary aired about Prince Charles’s affair with Camilla, Diana wore this sexy minidress by designer Christina Stambolian out to a high-profile benefit. Needless to say, she—not Charles—owned the next day’s headlines. GALLERY: The most iconic LBDs of all time

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20 best dressed women of all time

Best dressed celebrities: Diane Kruger

For such a classic beauty, Diane Kruger always surprises with her edgy fashion choices. Very few people could pull off this 2012 look—Chanel dress, Christian Louboutin studded flats, beret (!)—but the German actress makes it look easy. (Bonus points for her frequent red carpet companion, the irresistible Joshua Jackson.) GALLERY: 10 celebrities with the best personal style

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20 best dressed women of all time

Best dressed celebrities: Jackie Kennedy

This fashionable First Lady is best known for her style evolution that began with pastel Chanel skirt suits, pillbox hats and pretty A-line ballgowns. In her later years she made the transition to more refined pantsuits, collared blazers and chic Hermès head scarves that signified a new generation of fashion for women around the world. MUST-READ: 100+ unforgettable red carpet moments

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20 best dressed women of all time

Best dressed celebrities: Kate Middleton

The Duchess of Cambridge is the reigning queen of good taste, whether she’s walking the red carpet in a killer high/low ensemble or parading the streets of London in designer jeans and a trench coat. This lilac Jenny Packham gown combines the best of Kate’s understated, ladylike chic. GALLERY: Kate Middleton's best fashion & beauty looks

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Best dressed celebrities: Gwyneth Paltrow

Ms. Goop is no stranger to the style scene, having graced her share of best-dressed lists. Her number one highlight? The cream Tom Ford gown she wore to the 2012 Oscars which inspired a million Google searches for “cape”. Gwyneth’s most daring look? This sheer Antonio Berardi dress she wore to the premiere of Iron Man 3, which had the Internet buzzing for days. GALLERY: Gwyneth Paltrow's best red carpet looks

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Best dressed celebrities: Emma Stone

Ever since her breakout in 2004, Emma Stone has been climbing the ladder to style icon with hit after hit on the red carpet. She could be a redhead wearing a burgundy Lanvin gown with provocative cutouts or a blonde sporting a colour-blocked Stella McCartney sundress (left) and always look like a total rock star. GALLERY: Emma Stone's style evolution

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Best dressed celebrities: Sarah Jessica Parker

The names Sarah Jessica Parker and Carrie Bradshaw are practically synonymous when it comes to fashion. SJP loves her metallic Fendi baguettes, floral dresses and OTT accessories and headpieces just as much (if not more) than her on-screen It girl alter ego. This high-shine Prabal Gurung dress—worn in 2011—perfectly captures her playful approach to style. GALLERY: 20+ best celebrity hairstyles

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20 best dressed women of all time

Best dressed celebrities: Marion Cotillard

Everyone envies the style of a French woman, and Marion Cotillard is the epitome of modern Parisian glamour. From her famous Jean Paul Gaultier mermaid gown at the 2008 Oscars to this minimalist Dior dress, Marion proves she’s always willing to take fashion risks. GALLERY: 10 celebrities with near-perfect skin

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Best dressed celebrities: Kate Moss

The most stylish modern celeb, Kate Moss has a fearless attitude toward fashion. Case in point: She rocks the festival style scene in skinny jeans and Wellingtons, then effortlessly transforms into a high-fashion glamazon on the red carpet. Our favourite look? Kate’s ethereal Galliano wedding gown. GALLERY: Kate Moss' best fashion moments

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Best dressed celebrities: Grace Kelly

Hollywood fell head over heels in love with Grace Kelly in the 1950s—her princess charm and light-as-air style captured the imagination of the fashion crowd. Her most stylish role? It’s a tie between her 1940s-inspired full skirts in Rear Window (1954), and her pretty pastels in To Catch a Thief (1955). Grace was also perfectly put together on the red carpet, seen here in 1955 with her Oscar for The Country Girl. GALLERY: 10 new red carpet style stars

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Best dressed celebrities: Chloë Sevigny

Stylish actress, model and designer, Chloë is a perennial It girl and a seasoned expert at taking the fashion world by storm. Some of her more eccentric ensembles have landed her on worst-dressed lists, but we salute her fashion iconoclasm. Nobody wears quirky cool better. GALLERY: The most dramatic celebrity style makeovers

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Best dressed celebrities: Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung is known for her quirky cute style—think girly dresses, boyish flats and a perfectly executed cat eye. The queen of the street style stars, Alexa is also a favourite of fashion heavy hitters including Karl Lagerfeld. Whether she’s taking risks in a boy-meets-girl tailored suit or rocking a stunning Erdem dress, Alexa will always be a paparazzi magnet. GALLERY: 25 most popular supermodels of all time

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Best dressed celebrities: Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton is all the most avant-garde of fashion stars. The chameleon actress changes up her hair colour and style with her outfits, and acts as muse to A-list designers including Karl Lagerfeld, Viktor & Rolf and Haider Ackermann, whose metallic two-piece she wore on the 2013 Cannes red carpet. MUST-READ: The best celebrity style evolutions

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20 best dressed women of all time

Best dressed celebrities: Blake Lively

Blake Lively had a head start on winning the admiration of the fashion world: as Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl, she wore some of the hit show’s most memorable looks. (That’s what happens when there’s a society ball every second episode.) Here, Blake channels Old Hollywood glamour in Chanel haute couture at the 2011 premiere of The Green Lantern—the film where she met her husband, Ryan Reynolds. GALLERY: Blake Lively's best red carpet moments

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Best dressed celebrities: Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana always knows how to wow the crowd. She turned heads wearing a black vampy number at the 2012 CFDA Awards, dropped jaws in a feathery purple dress at the 2010 Oscars and always has her sights set on the runway for the latest couture trends. Our fave look? This red and white Armani Privé dress from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. GALLERY: Top 10 celebrity style must-haves

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Best dressed celebrities: Sienna Miller

In the mid 2000s, Sienna Miller ushered in the era of boho chic (along with an Olsen twin or two). Her style has evolved to combine sporty and girly elements. We love this pastel Matthew Williamson dress paired with statement heels, a pretty updo and an edgy Perspex clutch. GALLERY: The healthiest celebrity bodies

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20 best dressed women of all time

Best dressed celebrities: Brigitte Bardot

Blonde bombshell and an original pin-up girl, French singer and actress Brigitte Bardot knows how to highlight her assets whether she’s wearing biker chic leather, sexy high waist shorts or her most-photographed look—a bikini and oversized sun hat. Fun fact: Brigitte inspired the term “Bardot neckline”—a wide top that completely exposes the shoulders. GALLERY: Our favourite celebrities and their zodiac signs

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