12 Most Iconic Dresses of All Time

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There are some iconic movies that you can never forget but there are also some iconic dresses that are even more popular than the movies where you have seen them. Many people think that fashion is just a  cherry on top of the entertainment industry but there are some iconic dresses that prove that sometimes, people remember fashion more than the story of the movie itself.

See below for our top picks for the 12 most iconic dresses of all time.

12.) Rita Hayworth’s black strapless dress

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One look at this dress and you will instantly think of Jessica Rabbit’s popular red dress. But before there was Jessica Rabbit, there was Gilda–a bad nightclub singer played by Rita Hayworth. In the film, she was wearing this gorgeous dress when she ended her marriage while dancing to the popular song “Put the Blame on mame”.

11.) Marilyn Monroe’s White Flowy Dress

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Who doesn’t recognize this popular white backless mid-length dress worn by Marilyn Monroe? She wore this in the film, Seven Year Itch, which was shown in 1955. Her scene on top of subway grate has become one of the most reproduced photos in the film industry.

10.) Audrey Hepburn’s Little Black Dress

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This is probably the most iconic dress of all time. In fact, women from all ages refer to this as the Little Black Dress and dresses with similar style have become a staple in every woman’s closet. She wore this while she was window shopping in Breakfast at Tiffany’s shown in 1961.

9.) Michelle Pfeiffer’s Satin Blue long dress

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The long and silky evening gowns worn by Michelle Pfeiffer in her movie Scarface in 1983 has defined the disco couture. In the movie, her gowns have made her irresistible to the drug lord, Troy Montana, a character played by Al Pacino. It was this blue dress that stands out the most.

8.) Molly Ringwald’s Pink Polka dotted dress

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This dress has garnered many criticisms from fashion critics and the audience. Although many did not like the dress that much, this pink polka dotted off shoulder dress has defined the prom dresses during the 1980’s.

7.) Julia Robert’s red off shoulder gown

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Many women would agree that the most romantic scene in the movie, Pretty Woman, was not when Vivian Ward and Edward Lewis first kissed. Instead, the scene that they adored the most was when Vivian stepped out in an elegant red off shoulder dress that was paired with a ruby and diamond necklace.

6.) Alicia Silverstone’s Barely there Dress

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Alicia Silverstone wore more than 50 outfits in her movie Clueless in 1995. But there is one dress that stuck with the minds of the people and that is her tiny white slip dress from Calvin Klein. In fact, it was so popular that they decided to reissue the dress last 2010.

5.) Grace Kelly’s Wedding Gown

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Grace Kelly’s marriage and wedding to Prince Ranier in 1956 was quite controversial but more than their odd match, it is her wedding gown that has garnered the most attention. In fact, modern brides of today would even use this gown as their wedding gown peg.

4.) Elizabeth’s Taylor Cleopatra Dress

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Elizabeth Taylor played the role of Cleopatra in a movie with the same title in 1963. She has worn different elegant dresses and gowns for the movie but her yellow sleeveless dress that showed off much cleavage stood out.

3.) Tina Turner’s Sassy concert dress

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Tina Turner is known for her amazing voice and some of the grooviest dance moves. However, Tina also caught the attention of the audience and the people because of one glittery and flowy dress that she wore on one of her concerts in 1970.

2.) Kate Winslet’s Black and Red Lace Gown

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Titanic is one of the highest top grossing films of all time but more than the storyline and its amazing cast, the costumes and gowns in this movie is also remarkable. One that stood out is Kate Winslet’s black and red lace gown that she wore to the cruise’s ball.

1.) Kate Hudson’s Yellow gown

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Who would forget that gorgeous yellow dress that Kate Hudson wore in How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days in 2003? The way she wore it—flawless, effortless and with confidence—is just the formal gown goals of women from all generations!


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Even if you have never seen the classic movies where these dresses can be seen, you will still be able to recognize these unforgettable dresses that have contributed a lot to make the movies and the celebs a big hit.

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