The right dress can do wonders. It can catch the attention of the future King (in the case of Kate Middleton), make film classics that women will still be watching over and over again another fifty years from now, written in fashion history and even have their own Wikipedia page.
Here are 7 of the most famous and iconic dresses in recent history.
1. Little Black Dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Designed by Hubert de Givenchy and worn by Audrey Hepburn in the opening of the 1961 romantic comedy film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Audrey Hepburn was a close friend of the French designer, referring to him as her “best friend” while he considered her his “sister”.
2. White Dress in the Seven Year Itch.
This white halter neck dress was designed by William Travilla and worn by Marilyn Monroe in the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch. It was sold in 2011 at an auction by Debbie Reynolds as part of a collection of film memorabilia for a whopping $4.2 million.
3. ‘That’ Safety Pin Dress.
“THAT Dress” as it is now commonly referred to was designed by Gianni Versace and worn by Elizabeth Hurley to the premier of the film Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994. A copy of the dress was put on sale for the first time in 2007 with a price tag of £10,690 at Harrods as part of an exhibition dedicated to The Little Black Dress at the London store. In 2012, Lady Gaga wore the dress to meet Donatella Versace in Milan.
4. The Sheer Dress.
The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s sheer dress worn in 2002 for St. Andrew’s University Charity Fashion Show is famously known to have caught Prince William’s attention. The dress was sold for $117,000 in 2010.
5. The Mondrian Dress.
The Mondrian Dress was designed by French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in 1965 and inspired by the paintings of Mondrian (1872–1944). The dress is estimated to be worth $45,000 – $60,000.
6. The Souper Dress.
The Souper Dress is a screen printed paper pop art dress that was made and sold by Campbell’s Soup Company in the late 1960s. It was inspired by Andy Warhol’s 1962 Campbell’s Soup Cans and estimated to be worth $1,500 – $2,250.
7. The Lobster Dress.
The Elsa Schiaparelli collaboration with surrealist artist Salvador Dali called the Lobster Dress was infamously worn by Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor in a series of photographs taken by Cecil Beaton in the 1930s.