In the run up to this year’s Oscars on 24th February, we remember just how much film and fashion are the best of friends. We all recognise Marilyn Monroe’s billowing white dress and Audrey Hepburn’s infamous Breakfast at Tiffany’s look, but what about the film star dresses that have made their mark in recent times? Here we bring you our top five showstopping icons from the past 25 years.
In a film as traumatically sad and moving as Atonement, it’s a hard job to make the donning of a dress the most stand out moment. However, the jaw dropping emerald green number worn by Keira Knightley as Cecelia does just that. Created by film costumer Jacqueline Durran, the silk and chiffon 1930’s inspired piece – with all its beautiful drapery – stuck in every one of our minds.
The ultimate rags to riches film, Pretty Woman is all about its costumes. The star of the show, the richly red ball gown by Marilyn Vance that Julia Roberts dons for the opera sequence marks the pinnacle of Vivian’s evolution into a lady. It’s highly sophisticated, highly flattering and highly beautiful – isn’t that what every girl wants?
Another damsel in distress, Kate Winslet dazzles in her evening dress aboard the Titanic. A gown fit to cross class boundaries with its ornate bead work, lace and tulle covering a flash of an orange silk slip underneath – Rose’s wild side hidden away by social restraint. Designed by Deborah Lynn Scott, the dress stole our hearts and momentarily our attention from what we all knew was about to come.
As Satine, Nicole Kidman strutted her stuff in an array of beautiful corsetry in Moulin Rouge. The clear winner however was the scarlet coloured silk and satin number she slipped into in order to lure the eye of the devious Duke. Designed by Catherine Martin, Angus Strathie and the film’s director Baz Luhrmann, the dress was powerful enough to seal the deal, and Satine’s fate.
Clueless has become fashion royalty in the film world, since its 1995 release when the plaid mini-skirts, knee high socks and patent miniature backpacks were emulated by girls the world over. Cher stole our hearts with her tasteless colour and texture, winning the show with a Calvin Klein slip dress for her ill-fated date with Christian. The dress became truly iconic when Calvin Klein re-released it in 2010 to honour the fifteenth anniversary of the film’s release.
Josie is a fashion blogger for Miinto, where you can find style inspiration and clothing worthy of a movie star.