Each one of us has a different perspective on how we rate a movie based on our own personal taste and judgment. Movies, in general, make us experience a variety of feelings depending on each plot or genre. These films make us either happy, angry, sad, or sometimes even mixed emotions. Aside from the plot, cinematography, and overall production value – wardrobe plays an integral part in making movies iconic. movie fashion moments
Throughout history, there have been countless movies that showcased unforgettable fashion moments – from Julia Robert’s red dress in Pretty Woman to Emma Stone’s dresses in Cruella. These moments have created a great influence on designers and left a significant mark in fashion history. In this article, we have compiled several of our favorite movies with the best fashion moments.
- Most Iconic Movie Fashion Moments
- 1. Judy Garland's Gingham Dress and Ruby Slippers in the Wizard of Oz (1939)
- 2. Grace Kelly's Black and White Cocktail Dress in Rear Window (1954)
- 3. Marilyn Monroe's White Dress in the Seven Year Itch (1955)
- 4. Audrey Hepburn Black Givenchy Dress in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
- 5. Faye Dunaway's Beret in Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
- 6. Jodie Foster's Crop Tops and Short in Taxi Driver (1976)
- 7. Olivia Newton John's Black Leather Pants in Grease (1978)
- 8. Jessica Rabbit's Plunging Red Gown in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
- 9. Julia Roberts' Red Dress in Pretty Woman (1999)
- 10. Alicia Silverstone's 90's Rich Girl Look in Clueless (1995)
- 11. Keira Knightley's Green Dress in Atonement (2007)
- 12. Amy Adam's Plunging Necklines in American Hustle (2013)
- 13. Angelina Jolie's Villainy Black Dress in Maleficent (2014)
- 14. Dakota Johnson's Gray Dress in 50 Shades Darker (2015)
- 15. Emma Watson's Belle Ball Gown in Beauty and the Beast (2017)
- 16. Emma Stone's 47 Costume Dresses in Cruella (2021)
Most Iconic Movie Fashion Moments
Since it was sort of an impossible task to include everyone’s favorite, we have taken into account our own favorites instead. Without further ado, here are the fashionable moments that made it to our list:
1. Judy Garland’s Gingham Dress and Ruby Slippers in the Wizard of Oz (1939)
Dorothy Gale’s blue and white gingham pinafore dress with a full skirt in The Wizard of Oz was not only voted as the second most iconic dress in history, but was sold for $1.5 million at an auction last 2015.
Judy Garland’s innocent and magical aura has brought the dress to a whole different level. The dress was worn over a white shirt with puffy sleeves and was paired with the well-known red sequined ruby slippers.
2. Grace Kelly‘s Black and White Cocktail Dress in Rear Window (1954)
As seen in Hitchcock’s “Rear Window“, the stunning design of Edith Head for Grace Kelly’s dress was surely a headturner. The tailored dress was made of a simple and deep V cut neckline, well-fitted black bodice with an off shoulder, cap sleeves and a full white chiffon tulle skirt.
This dress gave Lisa Carol Fremont (Grace Kelly’s role) a sophisticated, wealthy and elegant look. To elevate the entire outfit, the perfectly chosen accessories were the white pearl necklace, black high heels, white chiffon shoulder wrap, black belt made of leather and white silk gloves.
3. Marilyn Monroe’s White Dress in the Seven Year Itch (1955)
One of the most iconic dresses designed by William Travilla was worn in a film and has been etched in everyone’s memory. The flowy and beautifully cut white dress of Marilyn Monroe in “The Seven Year Itch” was an absolute stunner.
4. Audrey Hepburn Black Givenchy Dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
One of the masterpieces of Hubert de Givenchy was a little black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in her role as Holly. This dress had its debut in 1961 in the romantic comedy – “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The black floor-length gown had a bodice adorned at the back with distinctive cut-out décolleté was perfectly gorgeous, classy, and exquisite. The accessories used to complete the entire look were a multi-strand pearl choker, a black pair of elbow-length gloves, a large blackhead, and a foot-long cigarette holder.
5. Faye Dunaway’s Beret in Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Faye Dunaway‘s role as Bonnie Parker in the movie “Bonnie and Clyde“ became iconic because of the beret. It had added another dimension to Bonnie’s character and identity as it exuded extreme confidence and sex appeal.
Theadora Van Runkle displayed her creativity and fashion skills as she paired the beret with silk printed scarves, pencil skirts, basic cut silhouettes and knitted sweaters.
6. Jodie Foster’s Crop Tops and Short in Taxi Driver (1976)
In 1976, Jodie Foster in the film Taxi Driver, showed us some serious hip and comfy outfits that would make every modern girl happy and jealous at the same time. Jodie has starred with Robert De Niro in this gritty movie about the streets of NY.
Jodie has shown us several outfits which includes the crop tops, platform sandals and floppy hat.
7. Olivia Newton John’s Black Leather Pants in Grease (1978)
Those absolutely sexy and sleek black leather pants worn with the red mules in Grease made it to our list. And fun fact, those leather pants actually belonged to Olivia Newton John’s and were 25 years old.
8. Jessica Rabbit’s Plunging Red Gown in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
One of the most unforgettable and was voted as one of the top ten most iconic screen outfits of all time is the plunging red gown of Jessica Rabbit in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988).
The well-tailored gown was curve hugging and has tripled the appeal of Jessica in the film. This gown has become an inspiration for several pieces in the whole fashion industry.
9. Julia Roberts’ Red Dress in Pretty Woman (1999)
One can always agree that this gown is always a part of the Top 10 most iconic fashion moments in the film industry. In the film Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts wore a show-stopping, head-turning and stunning red strapless dress.
It showed us perfectly-balanced elegance and sexiness at the same time.
10. Alicia Silverstone’s 90’s Rich Girl Look in Clueless (1995)
In the film, “Clueless“, Alicia Silverstone was styled by Mona May in a yellow plaid suit that has captivated fashionistas.
The film has been named by Vogue and WWD as the “fashion movie of the year 1995”. Cher, Dione and Amber were also established as fashion icons as they brought knee length socks, little berets, plaid and mini dresses to life.
11. Keira Knightley’s Green Dress in Atonement (2007)
Keira Knightley has been part of the list due to a gorgeous emerald green vintage gown created by Jacqueline Durran.
In the film, Atonement in 2007, Keira’s elegant figure was evident and her femininity shone as she wore the flowy emerald green silk with a bow detail.
12. Amy Adam’s Plunging Necklines in American Hustle (2013)
Michael Wilkinson, the designer of Amy Adams, made fabulous costumes from designers such as Gucci, Halston and Diane von Furstenberg. In American Hustle, Sidney (played by Amy Adams) tries to reinvent herself by creating an amazing persona.
Amy had about 40 costume changes within the entire film. Amazing outfits showcasing chic, class, sexiness and elegance altogether.
13. Angelina Jolie’s Villainy Black Dress in Maleficent (2014)
Angelina Jolie has stunned the entire fashion industry as she donned Anna B. Sheppard’s creation in the movie Maleficent (2014).
The black gown was paired with the most iconic horns in the entire film industry and was complimented with the luscious red lipstick. The outfit has made Maleficent one of the most iconic villains in cinematic history.
14. Dakota Johnson’s Gray Dress in 50 Shades Darker (2015)
Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele dons a metallic, slinky gray dress designed by Monique Lhuillier. This outfit truly emanates Ana’s confidence, sophistication and femininity.’
It was accessorized with the masquerade mask, handmade ostrich feather capelet which adds exquisite glamor and a shimmering pouch.
15. Emma Watson’s Belle Ball Gown in Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Jacqueline Durran was the designer behind the iconic corseted yellow gown of Emma Watson (as Belle) in the movie Beauty and the Beast (2017).
To bring Belle’s character to life, Durran used the following accessories – the dazzling ear-cuff, necklace and the well-known gilded hair piece. Emma was breathtakingly regal and brimming with femininity.
16. Emma Stone’s 47 Costume Dresses in Cruella (2021)
In the most recent film, Cruella, Jenny Beavan has made 47 costume designs for Emma Stone. Cruella is Disney’s prequel to 1996’s 101 Dalmatians.
One notable and iconic gown from the film was made from hours of hard work by seamstresses in embellishing the gown with 5,000 handmade petals. Definitely another film full of grand, sophisticated, and chic outfits for the books.
There are surely tons of fashion moments to choose from but we just selected a few of our favorites. Stay tuned as we await more iconic fashion moments in the years to come. For now, let us know what your personal favorite is in the comment section below!