The 25 Most Iconic Dresses of All Time
The Philadelphia Story, 1940. From the woman who insisted on wearing trousers, an unforgettable dress worn in an unforgettable movie.
To Have and Have Not, 1944. Scandalous and skin bearing in the World War II era, this shiny black number is one we insist on having.
To Catch a Thief, 1955. In a dress that rivals the beauty of her wedding gown, Grace Kelly does elegance like no one else.
At her wedding to Prince Rainier, 1956. Who says there's anything wrong with covering up? In a gown that inspired Kate Middleton's wedding dress, the American actress is positively regal.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1958. With a smoldering stare and look-at-me clevage, Taylor caught the eye of every man in America.
Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961. Any girl who has ever dreamed of a charmed life in the big city cheered for Holly Golightly - and her not-so-little black dress.
At John F. Kennedy's inaugural ball, 1961. Jackie ushered in Camelot in a dress fit for the royal court.
Singing "Happy Birthday" to President Kennedy, 1962. For one of the sexiest performances of all time, the pin-up wore a dress to match.
Belle du Jour, 1967. There's no doubt that the French actress is the belle of the ball in this simple black-and-white dress.
The Academy Awards, 1969. Sequins, bows, and see-through, oh my! The singer-actress knows how to stand out from the crowd.
The Great Gatsby, 1974. With all the buzz surrounding the upcoming Gatsby film, we'd be wise to remember the costume that started it all.
Diane Von Furstenberg
Newsweek, 1967. Women everywhere would be at a loss without their wrap dresses, modeled here by the woman responsible for one of fashion most versatile, flattering garments.
Star Wars, 1977. This shot became the fantasy - and object of admiration - of boys for years to come.
Grease, 1978. Before Sandy found her inner bad-girl, she gave summer loving a good reason to continue into the school year.
At her wedding to Prince Charles, 1981. The world cheered as the princess made her formal entrée into the public eye.
Dirty Dancing, 1987. It wasn't just about that lift. This dress shines - and moves - on its own.
Pretty Woman, 1990. We've never felt such triumph as when Vivian returned to Rodeo Drive every bit the classy dame.
Basic Instinct, 1992. Hello, legs! This ensemble gives new meaning to white-hot.
Titanic, 1997. For those still convinced that Rose and Jack could have both fit on the raft, a gown to make you smile
Performing with the Spice Girls, 1997. If you want to be my lover, you better get on board with some serious Anglophilia.
The Grammy's, 2000. Perhaps the most famous awards dress in history, this plunging number answered, "How low can you go?"
The Academy Awards, 2001. This one ruffled all of our feathers.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sex and the City, 2004. It's almost difficult to feel bad for the American girl in Paris when she's surrounding by this jolly green giant.
The Academy Awards, 2006. Perfectly fitted, figure flattering, and in an unforgettable color, the actress sure cleaned up from her role in Brokeback Mountain.
At her wedding to Prince William, 2011. With elegance to spare, the new princess didn't disappoint in the most talked about wedding dress in decades.
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