Certain movie stars and royalty double up as fashion icons throughout the ages. No matter how much time has passed, some of the dresses in which they made their appearance in public or in blockbuster movies remain an inspiration for chic fashion even today.
Read on to discover the 28 most iconic dresses worn by top celebrities and members of the British royal family.
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- #1 Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch.
- #2 Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.
- #3 Angelina Jolie.
- #4 Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina.
- #5 Grace Kelly in To Catch A Thief.
- #6 Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
- #7 Cinderella.
- #8 Catherine Deneuve in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
- #9 Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra.
- #10 Marilyn Monroe.
- #11 Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind.
- #12 Twiggy
- #13 Faye Dunaway in The Thomas Crown Affair.
- #14 Elisabeth of Bavaria (Sisi).
- #15 Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing.
- #16 Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface.
- #17 Princess Diana.
- #18 Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct.
- #19 Cameron Diaz in The Mask.
- #20 Kate Winslet in Titanic.
- #21 Coco Chanel.
- #22 Frida Kahlo.
- #23 Bjork.
- #24 Monica Bellucci in The Brothers Grimm.
- #25 Natalie Portman in Star Wars.
- #26 Elsa in Frozen.
- #27 Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City.
- #28 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
#1 Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch.
The billowing pleated halter dress that Monroe wore in The Seven Year Itch in 1955 is etched forever in everyone’s memory. The elegance of this dress lies in its simplicity. The dress was auctioned at a whopping $4.6 million at Beverly Hills in 2011.
#2 Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.
The complete transformation of Vivian from a hooker to a sophisticated lady left everyone breathless. In the early 90s, the movie Pretty Woman broke some stereotypes and showed off Julia Roberts in her versatile roles and pretty dresses. The most ravishing dress in the movie was the Cinderella-style red evening gown that completed the transformation of Roberts’ character.
#3 Angelina Jolie.
In her long black drape, Angelina Jolie had everyone catch their breath when she made another of her numerous red carpet appearances.
#4 Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina.
Audrey Hepburn is the ultimate fashion icon for many of us. Here, she’s seen in another one of her unique dresses in the movie, Sabrina. Her white ball gown touched the pinnacle of fashion in 1954.
#5 Grace Kelly in To Catch A Thief.
The future princess of Monaco’s white strapless number showed her in full grace just like her on –screen name. This is a movie clip from 1955.
#6 Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
The second woman to make it twice in this list, Audrey Hepburn epitomized glamour and chutzpah in her sleeveless black dress she wore in the unforgettable movie in 1961.
Not to be outdone by human actors, the main character from the animated movie, Cinderella, wore an enchanting white gown with puffed sleeves to cut an unforgettable figure in 1950.
#8 Catherine Deneuve in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
Another icon from the film industry is Catherine Deneuve who was the picture of poise and elegance. Her movie, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, shot her in the world of stardom in 1964. The evening dress she appeared in launched a thousand ships.
#9 Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra.
The regal golden dress in which Liz Taylor featured in the movie Cleopatra in 1963, showed off the best features of the ravishing actress.
#10 Marilyn Monroe.
Another woman to appear twice on this list, Marilyn Monroe wore a backless, full-length sheath dress encrusted with rhinestones when she sang “Happy Birthday” for the President of the USA, J.F. Kennedy.
#11 Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind.
The tom boy Scarlett O’Hara, played by Vivien Leigh, looked the perfectly composed lady in the 1939 movie in her sophisticated purple gown.
The pencil thin supermodel from Britain set the stage for a change in the fashion industry in the 60’s with her trapeze dresses that did great justice to her figure.
#13 Faye Dunaway in The Thomas Crown Affair.
As the end of the 60’s was near, Faye Dunaway appeared in the famous movie in 1968 in a loosely fitted long dress to set a new fashion trend.
#14 Elisabeth of Bavaria (Sisi).
The royal member of Austria set new trends in fashion in the 19th century with her elaborate gowns that she carried with oomph.
#15 Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing.
The 1987 movie with a brilliant soundtrack and story was made even more fetching with the pink dress that Jennifer Grey danced in with Patrick Swayze at the end of the film.
#16 Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface.
In the 1983 gangster movie, Michelle Pfeiffer’s slip dress sits perfectly on her lean figure, enhancing her natural and simple beauty.
#17 Princess Diana.
The fairytale Princess of Wales stole the heart of the whole world with her personality and her acute sense of fashion. This is just one of the innumerable dresses in which the English Rose is looking smashing.
#18 Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct.
Some missed their heartbeat when they saw Sharon Stone in her mini dress in the 1992 thriller.
#19 Cameron Diaz in The Mask.
Among the many iconic dresses Cameron Diaz was draped in in the 1994 movie, the red skinny dress was certainly a topper.
#20 Kate Winslet in Titanic.
Kate Winslet stole the heart of many men, both young and old, in her iconic dresses of the 1997 movie.
#21 Coco Chanel.
The fashion diva swore by her little black dress and advised all women to have at least one in their wardrobe.
#22 Frida Kahlo.
The conservative green dress worn by Frida Kahlo is another iconic one that has caught the eye of many.
The Icelandic singer turned heads with her music as well as the swan dress she put on to attend the Oscars in 2001.
#24 Monica Bellucci in The Brothers Grimm.
Looking quite the character from a Grimm’s fairytale, Monica Bellucci’s royal red dress and headgear showed her off in the best light in the 2005 movie.
#25 Natalie Portman in Star Wars.
The lithe and slim Natalie Portman looks subtle in this long dress that shows her shoulders and neck to advantage in the 2002 saga.
#26 Elsa in Frozen.
The animated character is the stuff little girls’ dreams are made of. Her shimmering ice-blue dress from the 2013 movie can be seen on many young women in Frozen-themed parties.
#27 Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City.
The blonde bombshell appears in a white vintage floral dress and carries it with elegance in the 1998 HBO series.
#28 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Taking after her famous mom-in-law, the young Duchess of Cambridge reminds the world of Princess Diana’s fashion sense with her trailing veil on her wedding day in 2011.
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