You might as well think of this digest as a must-see movie list because well… we’ve listed masterpieces worthy of your attention. Besides great plotlines and stunning actors, these movies have dresses that made it to fashion history for a reason. Have fun watching. And reading. Keep scrolling!
Fashion critics called the dress worn by Keira Knightley’s heroine in “Atonement” the most beautiful in movie history. The green gown made of fluid silk sure deserved that title. It was created by Jacqueline Durran, the Oscar-winning costume designer. She had studied fashion magazines of the 1920s and 1930s to get inspired for the dress. And that’s why its cut and style reflect both fashion decades at the same time.
If a perfect back dress does exist, it must be the one Demi Moore was wearing in “Indecent Proposal”. The dress was designed by Thierry Mugler and looked like the essence of the brand’s aesthetics. It had immediately become iconic and inspired numerous fashion designers. The movie launched the 1990s era of edgy glam in the USA.
There’s no doubt that anyone who has seen “Pretty Woman” at least once remembers Julia Roberts’s appearance in the astonishing red gown. The dress was supposed to be black, but the movie’s costume designer Marilyn Vance talked Harry Marshall into changing the color. The dress was inspired by the American impressionist painter John Singer Sargent’s “Portrait of Madame X.” And do you remember the $250 000 ruby and diamond necklace that Richard Geere’s character borrowed? It really was worth that much money, and that’s why an armed security guard had to be present at the set.
Michelle Pfeiffer played a secondary role in “Scarface” but it didn’t stop her from having the most memorable looks in the movie. Those minimalist satin dresses made it to fashion history. The outfits were inspired by Roy Halston’s designs that had a great influence on American fashion of the 1970s.
In “The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe” you will see the most iconic naked dress of all time that has been inspiring celebrities to make extravagant red carpet appearances for 50 years – Jillian Andersen, Hilary Swank, Hailey Bieber, and Kim Kardashian, to name a few. The scene where Mireille Darc appears in a long black dress with an extreme cut-out at the back became a sensation. The dress was created by the French fashion designer Guy Laroche and is now preserved at the Museum of Decorative Arts at the Louvre.
Everybody knows the famous scene from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” where Audrey Hepburn in a black Givenchy dress is standing in front of the Tiffany store window holding a coffee cup and eating a croissant. The dress designed by Hubert de Givenchy is considered the most famous black dress in history and is listed in the “10 legendary Hollywood dresses.”
Marilyn Monroe and hot pink are magnificent together. The stunning pink dress designed by the costume designer William Travilla and accompanied by gloves and sparkling jewelry were the ingredients of the brightest Monroe look that made her insanely popular. By the way, many celebs reference and cosplay that look even today.
The green velvet dress made of curtains (The Portiers dress) is the most famous look of Scarlett O’Hara played by Vivien Leigh. It aimed to symbolize fortitude and sobering optimism. Walter Plunkett was responsible for the "Gone with the Wind" costumes. For the sake of accuracy, he spent many hours studying the period’s fashion, visited places mentioned in the novel, and met up with people who witnessed the Civil War. Women of Atlanta did use everything they had on hand to create dresses, so the Portiers dress was quite accurate. The hat for Scarlett was designed by John P. John who “was as famous in the world of hats as Christian Dior was in the realm of haute couture.” The hat was trimmed with fringe and featured rooster feet and plumes decorations.
And just like Scarlett, you can either think about it tomorrow or (even better) check out the “Dresses” category and pick something pretty and inspiring.
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