The 29 Most Iconic Dresses of All Time

February 12, 2017

It is amazing to see how quickly the fashion industry changes and creates new trends. What’s ’in’ this season will be ’out’ a year or two from now.

But some clothing styles are so versatile, elegant, and chic that they remain fashionable and practically unchanged for decades. Today, we here at LikeAble have decided to look back at the most unforgettable dresses that have shaped the course of couture in recent decades.

Marilyn Monroe

The Seven Year Itch, 1955

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The legendary ’flying’ dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch reached its iconic status a long time ago, inspiring both Hollywood stars and fashion designers. Despite its simple design, the dress will make any woman look elegant and chic.

Julia Roberts

Pretty Woman, 1990

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Richard Gere’s character, Edward Lewis, in Pretty Woman is not the only thing that keeps the eyes of millions of women glued to the screen throughout the entire film. It’s also because of the scene when Vivian Ward, played by Julia Roberts, appears transformed, Cinderella-style, in an elegant red evening gown, complemented with white gloves.

Angelina Jolie

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With every red carpet appearance, Angelina Jolie’s unique personal style keeps all of the beauty and fashion world buzzing. However, none of her looks have wowed more than this long black draped dress.

Audrey Hepburn

Sabrina, 1954

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Audrey Hepburn’s character in Sabrina captivated not only the hearts of men but also won the attention of women who admired her beautiful white ball gown.

Grace Kelly

To Catch a Thief, 1955

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This wonderful flowing strapless dress worn by the future Princess of Monaco made her fans admire her exquisite beauty and charm.

Audrey Hepburn

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961

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The amazing sleeveless black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s became iconic in the fashion world immediately after the film’s world premiere. And the actress herself became the epitome of glamour and elegance.

Cinderella

Cinderella, 1950

© Walt Disney Productions

Cinderella’s ballgown has become one of the most instantly recognizable dresses in Disney history. Puffy, sparkling, and magical, this dress is a perfect outfit for any princess.

Catherine Deneuve

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, 1964

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, which was released in 1964, helped Catherine Deneuve achieve stardom in Hollywood very quickly. In addition, due to her perfect style, elegance, and grace the actress became an icon for many women.

Elizabeth Taylor

Cleopatra, 1963

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In the role of Cleopatra, Elizabeth Taylor wore an amazing golden dress, which suited the queen perfectly. However, it is hard to choose only one gown since all of the dresses featured in this film were just gorgeous.

Marilyn Monroe

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When Marilyn Monroe sang ’Happy Birthday’ for John F. Kennedy, she wore a luxuriant full-length evening sheath dress embroidered with rhinestones. This was the dress that became the model for all modern ’transparent outfits.’

Vivien Leigh

Gone with the Wind, 1939

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Scarlett O’Hara looked just gorgeous at Melanie’s birthday party, wearing an elegant purple dress.

Twiggy

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Among all supermodels, Twiggy is definitely the one who defined the image of an era. Her fabulously flirty trapeze dresses became a fashion trend, followed by millions of women around the world.

Faye Dunaway

The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968

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Faye Dunaway in her delicate loose dress definitely added much charm to the movie.

Elisabeth of Bavaria (Sisi)

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Empress Elisabeth of Austria was adored by many not only for her good looks and impeccable taste in clothing, but also for her kindness and generosity.

Jennifer Grey

Dirty Dancing, 1987

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Everyone remembers this famous scene from Dirty Dancing where Johnny and Baby are dancing together at the end of the film. And a lot of the success of this movie was due to Baby’s pink ladylike dress that continues to mesmerize audiences even now.

Michelle Pfeiffer

Scarface, 1983

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This provocative film has been highly praised by movie fans and critics alike. Audiences cannot help but be delighted by the gorgeous Michelle Pfeiffer dressed in a luxurious slip dress.

Diana Princess of Wales

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Princess Diana had awesome taste in clothing, and her elegant pale blue dress is a perfect example of that.

Sharon Stone

Basic Instinct, 1992

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The most famous scene from Basic Instinct became possible thanks to Sharon Stone’s striking beauty and her super short turtleneck dress.

Cameron Diaz

The Mask, 1994

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Cameron looked just gorgeous in her red skinny dress. So it’s no wonder that Jim Carrey’s character fell in love with her at first sight.

Kate Winslet

Titanic, 1997

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Millions of people around the world have watched this movie, admiring the brilliant performance and splendid dresses worn by the main heroine.

Coco Chanel’s little black dress

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Fashion trends change, but a little black dress continues to be a staple of every woman’s wardrobe. The legendary fashion designer managed to create a work of art that remains immortal with the passage of time.

Frida Kahlo’s green dress

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Not only are Frida Kahlo’s paintings worth admiring and emulating, but her sense of style is too. Just look at this gorgeous green dress that has become iconic.

Bjork

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Bjork caused a sensation when she arrived at the 2001 Oscars in this swan dress. It looks quite eccentric, doesn’t it?

Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez has always had a flawless hourglass body. So why not show it off in this sheer plunging dress?

Monica Bellucci

The Brothers Grimm, 2005

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There is no doubt, Monica is beautiful in anything she wears. But this splendid red dress makes her even more ravishing.

Natalie Portman

Star Wars, 2002

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Telling the story of the battle between positive and negative forces, Star Wars is possibly one of the most famous movie sagas of all time. And it goes without saying that the brilliant Natalie Portman, wearing wonderful outfits, contributed a lot to the popularity of the film.

Elsa

Frozen, 2013

© Walt Disney Productions

Elsa’s amazing ice-blue dress delights us with its grace and elegance. It’s little wonder that millions of young women around the world are trying to mimic it.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sex and the City, 1998

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Sex and the City became a real fashion guide for many women. And this beautiful vintage white flower dress is a great example of how to be stylish from head to toe.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

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Catherine’s simple yet stunning and elegant wedding dress has captured the hearts of millions. The bride’s extra-long wedding gown train reminded us of Princess Diana’s wedding.

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