11 Most Unforgettable Movie Dresses: Iconic Moments in Film History

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We watched the films, loved the characters, and swooned over the dresses. Now, we’re using them as inspiration for that next dress to own.

From the dancing Lorelei Lee to a bright-eyed Cher off on a date, these dresses are not only iconic but also currently wearable.

1. LBD in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Audrey Hepburn popularized the little black dress or LBD in her 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The dress was originally made by Givenchy and has become one of the most recognizable silhouettes in fashion.

Most dress moments come in the middle or the end of the movie. Leave it to Holly Golightly to be different, showing the famous black dress during opening credits.

Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in the iconic black dress by GivenchyAudrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in the iconic black dress by Givenchy

Givenchy designed all the black shift dresses for the movie, with the lower half redesigned by costume designer Edith Head because it showed too much leg.

2. White halter dress in The Seven Year Itch

While Audrey Hepburn is known for her classy style, Marilyn Monroe is popular for being a bombshell.

Bruno Bernard‘s black and white vintage photograph of Marilyn Monroe taken on the set of The Seven Year ItchBruno Bernard‘s black and white vintage photograph of Marilyn Monroe taken on the set of The Seven Year Itch

The sexy actress wore a sexy halter dress with a flowy silhouette for the movie The Seven Year Itch, which has become one of the most iconic fashion moments in film history.

Her dress was made by the movie’s costume designer, William Travilla, who designed costumes for Marilyn Monroe in eight of her films.

3. Red opera dress in Pretty Woman

Julia Roberts’ outfits in Pretty Woman were pretty unforgettable, but her most standout look was the red opera dress that made our jaws drop.

The red shoulder-baring gown by Marilyn Vance features some dramatic draping and a fantastic look with long white gloves.

Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward in the beautiful red dress by Marilyn VanceJulia Roberts as Vivian Ward in the beautiful red dress by Marilyn Vance

According to costume designer Marilyn Vance, this iconic dress was almost made in black, but she persuaded the studio to go with her original red dress idea, which turned out to be perfect for Vivian.

Julia Roberts's red gown was designed by film costumer Marilyn VanceJulia Roberts’s red gown was designed by film costumer Marilyn Vance

4. Gingham dress in The Wizard of Oz

Who could forget the girl from Kansas who got whipped away to Oz for an unforgettable adventure?

Throughout her journey, Dorothy (played by Judy Garland) wore a blue-and-white gingham dress accessorized with a straw basket and those ruby slippers, of course!

Judy Garland's iconic blue gingham apron and shirt costume in The Wizard of OzJudy Garland’s iconic blue gingham apron and shirt costume in The Wizard of Oz

Becoming the world’s most expensive film costume, the iconic blue dress was sold at an auction in 2015 for a whopping $1.2 million!

5. Pink prom dress in Pretty in Pink

Molly Ringwald’s prom dress in Pretty in Pink may not be as appealing to the modern women of today, but this kitschy DIY dress was such an integral part of every ’80s girl’s wardrobe.

Molly Ringwald's puffy-sleeved polka dot prom dress in Pretty in PinkMolly Ringwald’s puffy-sleeved polka dot prom dress in Pretty in Pink

The quirky, off-shoulder, polka-dotted number was created by famed costume designer Marilyn Vance.

6. Emerald green dress in Atonement

It is the 1940s, and war is imminent; so, this jewel green dress by Jacqueline Durran was certainly unexpected. We especially love its dramatic back and that artsy draping on the front.

Many consider Keira Knightley's stunning green dress the best costume of all timeMany consider Keira Knightley’s stunning green dress the best costume of all time

Dubbed as the “best costume of all time,” Keira Knightley’s emerald green dress from Atonement has received major praises, and for good reason.

The famous floor-length evening gown was created from scratch by costume designer Jacqueline Durran. It features rich silk fabric with a sexy V neckline and a flowy skirt.

Keira Knightley as Cecilia in the sweeping green gown by Jacqueline DurranKeira Knightley as Cecilia in the sweeping green gown by Jacqueline Durran

7. Skimpy white dress in Basic Instinct

Sharon Stone’s skimpy white dress was perhaps the hottest dress of the ’90s era, thanks to that unforgettable interrogation scene in Basic Instinct, which no one will ever forget.

Sharon Stone in a sexy white dress while interrogated by copsSharon Stone in a sexy white dress while interrogated by cops

The dress was simple and skimpy, perfect for showing off Stone’s perfect pair of gams.

8. Calvin Klein dress in Clueless

Cher’s whole wardrobe in Clueless was every ’90s girl’s dream, including her very helpful virtual wardrobe app and revolving closet.

Alicia Silverstone's itty-bitty white slip dress in CluelessAlicia Silverstone’s itty-bitty white slip dress in Clueless

One of the most unforgettable outfits from the movie is Cher’s white Calvin Klein dress — the ultimate slipdress of the Clueless generation.

Alicia Silverstone as Cher in Calvin Klein's now-famous white minidressAlicia Silverstone as Cher in Calvin Klein’s now-famous white minidress

9. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

Most movies are based on a bet, but this one is a cut, color, and carat above the rest.

Kate Hudson as Andie Anderson in the gorgeous yellow gown by fashion designer Dina Bar-elKate Hudson as Andie Anderson in the gorgeous yellow gown by fashion designer Dina Bar-el

The yellow gown that Andie wore to the Warner Advertising Gala was designed by Dina Bar-el around the 84-carat yellow diamond pendant “Isadora” by Harry Winston.

10. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

The shocking pink strapless gown of Lorelei Lee by costume designer William Travilla has gained much acclaim through its famous model, Marilyn Monroe. Feel like singing about how diamonds are a girl’s best friend?

Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei Lee in the pink strapless dress by William TravillaMarilyn Monroe as Lorelei Lee in the pink strapless dress by William Travilla

11. Reality Bites (1994)

Grunge is at its height, with floral dresses and chunky Mary Janes.

Winona Ryder as the struggling filmmaker, Lelaina Pierce, in the '90s classic Reality BitesWinona Ryder as the struggling filmmaker, Lelaina Pierce, in the ’90s classic Reality Bites

Amidst her anti-consumerism rants and struggle to be somebody by the age of 23, Lelaina Pierce manages to emerge cool and collected for her documentary premiere in this off-white crochet dress.

In your opinion, what’s the most iconic movie fashion moment of all time?

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