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The Dress: 7 Of The World’s Most Iconic Dresses

The Dress…..Due to them showcasing amazing examples of flawless fashion, so many famous ladies from across the globe have made moments that have continued to be talked about years and decades later. The party dresses chosen for the occasions played a key role for these ladies to capture so much favourable attention, but which should go down as the most iconic looks?

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Join us as we not only recall some of the most iconic and inspiring designer dresses ever.  But also address how to replicate the remarkable looks using dresses that you can currently find on the high-street…

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts is without a doubt one of film’s most celebrated ladies.  She has appeared in so many blockbuster movies and also has an Oscar win among her remarkable list of accomplishments. Obviously, the actress has donned many outfits during her on-screen time. But perhaps one of the most iconic costumes is the red, off-the-shoulder dress she wore with long, white evening gloves in Pretty Woman. Created by designer, Marilyn Vance-Straker, this scarlet column dress, featured a sweetheart neckline. It sat elegantly off the shoulder to create a beautiful silhouette that looked innovative, yet timeless. So, how do you get the high-street version?

special occasions

Throughout the design of this dress, feminine elegance is shown off at its best. If you have a special occasion coming up, this style is ideal. Stick with the sweetheart neckline but opt for a shorter hemline. Or even an asymmetric skirt cut to tone down the formality. Pair with wrap-round heels and keep jewellery to a minimum — chokers look particularly good with this neckline and a simple, neutral-shade clutch and gold bracelets with charms will finalise the look perfectly. Wearing your hair up will help show off the outline of the dress, too.

Meghan Markle

When Prince Harry married Meghan Markle earlier this year, 18 million people across the UK watched the glorious occasion. Many were tuning in to catch the first glimpse of the bride’s wedding gown. But in fact, Markle’s second outfit choice also got people talking. For the evening, the new bride opted for a silk crepe, sleeveless, high-neck gown designed by Stella McCartney that fell flawlessly over her petite frame — and it’s a style that many of us would love to have sitting in our own wardrobes.

Show off your shoulders in an elegant fashion by choosing a halter-neck, sleeveless look. This style works best when the skirt of your dress is midi or even maxi, to get the ideal level of skin exposure. Of course, you don’t have to stick to white. Purple is a big colour this fashion season and slipping on a pair of simple, mid-heels and only a few pieces of jewellery — perhaps droplet earrings and a small selection of matching rings — will let you harness the chic, understated vibe of this style. If you have a more casual event, go for a shorter skirt or one with a high/low frill hem.


Cher definitely made an impact upon appearing at the Academy Awards in 1986. The legend of music and film was asked to present the Best Supporting Actor award and made sure she wouldn’t be upstaged by the winner in a black, jewel-encrusted gown with matching plumed headpiece designed by Bob Mackie. Split into a hip-hugging skirt and criss-cross bralet, the outfit was captivatingly daring for an Oscars event and has gone down in film industry history as one of the most famous outfits ever.


Confidence is so important if you’re going to nail the essence of this awe-inspiring look. Show off your curves by pairing a black cami bralet with a long, side-split skirt or opt for a midriff cut-out maxi dress. Swap the plumed headwear for a diamante headband and add to the glamour with a pair of embellished, slingback heels. Cher wonderfully made her bold outfit perfect for the sophisticated Academy Awards by complementing her exposed midriff with a loose-fit jacket — get the same effect with a chiffon kimono.

Marilyn Monroe

With her beauty, her talent and her off-screen endeavours, Marilyn Monroe will be long remembered and celebrated.

However, which of the pop culture icon’s renowned outfits beats them all to be the most iconic? For most of us, seeing Monroe playfully pushing down the skirt of her white cocktail dress in the film, The Seven Year Itch, is an enduring image that sums up the actress’ spirit and appeal. The backless, sleeveless dress, designed by William Travilla, featured a below-the-knee skirt and halter-like bodice with a plunging neck — risqué for the 1950s. Striking the perfect balance between elegance and seductiveness, this outfit is still inspiring designers today and even sold at auction in 2011 for $4.6 million!

When it comes to embodying the Monroe appeal with your fashion choices, look for a dress that showcases a ‘vintage party’ vibe. This dress style has a distinctive time-honoured elegance to it, yet, it looks ideal for a fun girls’ night. Go for a pleated midi skirt or lace embellishment for a beautiful retro appeal, then update the look in the upper section. Monroe makes up for the modest skirt hemline by showing more shoulder and arms — do the same with a Bardot or plunge neckline and polish off your 1950s-inspired look with mid-heel sandals and a pretty, floral hair slide.

Britney Spears Dress

By appearing in a denim dress, Britney Spears certainly made a fantastic impression at the 2001 American Music Awards. Back when Britney and Justin were possibly the most famous celebrity couple, the singer’s every fashion movement was scrutinised. And this is perhaps her most iconic. Styled and shaped like a ball gown, Spears’ sleeveless, floor-length dress featured a fitted bodice, metallic belt and even short train to give the impression of jeans-inspired formality. If you love denim or just like alternative takes on standard outfits, try getting the high-street version of this.

Rather tone down the dress’s more formal elements? Then select a pinafore or shirt-style dress in light-blue denim. Be sure to also use a waist belt to nip you in for a flawless figure outline. Get the ‘dressed up’ look on your next night out by selecting a fitted, mini style that you can pair with stilettos and accessories, or go for a black-denim, shift dress with thin straps for an alternative blend of low-maintenance denim and high-fashion style.

Jennifer Lopez Dress

The spotlight was definitely on Jennifer Lopez when she appeared at the 42nd Grammy Awards in 2000 wearing a green, silk chiffon gown. Designed by Donatella Versace, this stunning dress featured a jungle print and a daring, plunging neckline that opened all the way to the singer’s navel. Secured with a sparkling green brooch. All over the world, people went wild for this innovative gown. According to former Google chairman, Eric Schmidt, it was the most popular search query ever. And even led to the launch of Google Image Search! Described as a turning point in Versace’s career, emulating this flawless look is simple.

A stunning, flowing silhouette will be achieved if you select a silk chiffon dress, whatever your body shape. Select a style with a long-at-the-back hemline to show off your legs and recreate the daring-but-sophisticated appeal of the famous jungle dress. Asymmetric cuts will also look good and make sure you choose a bold colour to stand out from the crowd.

tropical prints

Tropical prints are popular this fashion season. Although check and animal patterns also work well. While long-sleeves helps create an elegant balance of the exposed skin. Don’t feel you have to go as low at the front as J-Lo, though. Plunging necklines certainly inject a touch of glamour into an outfit. But you can get the same effect by going for a simple v-neck and enhancing your dress with statement jewellery. Add high heels to make sure you’re ready for a special evening.


No one seems to break new ground over and over again quite like Beyoncé. We couldn’t get enough of the sheer, bejewelled dress that Beyoncé wore at the Met Gala in 2015. Designed by Givenchy, the fitted, backless gown was awash with strategically-placed multi-coloured crystals. Before slowing elegantly around her heeled feet.

Only certain events will warrant you turning up in a see-through, crystallised dress mind. However, there’s no reason that you can’t enhance your wardrobe with something similarly extravagant. Concentrate on the embellishment of your gown to emulate the Beyoncé look. Styles such as a diamante bodycon or metallic maxi dress will offer a similar, stand-out look that’s perfect for a night out. Instead of sheer or see-through. Why not opt for a nude gown that you can pair with complimentary bag and heels?

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