Beautiful Outfits Throughout the History of the Cinema

Becoming a legend in cinema is not child’s play. The next ten outfits have become iconic, and are surely out of the ordinary. They are some of the most beautiful, unforgettable, and timeless pieces ever to appear on the screen.

From the long evening dress to the bikini, from tight leggings to the wedding dress, these are all very different and varied. The appeal of these pieces range from different ages: some were designed 50 years ago and some are really new creations, but they all have one thing in common: they have been worn by unforgettable celebrities, able to translate elegance and class in every shot of the movie scenes they star in.

They are outfits that have represented a trend.

To draft the success charts of these ten outfits, Lovefilm, a society that hires out dvds in the UK, conducted a huge poll in which they asked wardrobe designers and movie costumers to choose the best outfit ever seen in a movie. These were their top 10 results:

1. Audrey Hepburn – “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Black sheath dress by Givenchy of Audrey Hepburn (1929 – 1993) in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) is at the top of the list. This dress reflects the trend in women’s wardrobes of that era. It’s a dress that made both fashion and cinema history.

2. Keira Knightley – “Atonement”

This green dress was designed by Jacqueline Durran and worn by Keira Knightley in “Atonement” (2007) and was chosen for the line that enhances female body as well as the brilliant color.

3. Marilyn Monroe – “The Seven Year Itch”

At 3rd place is another Hollywood legend: Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) and her white swirling dress who wore this in “The Seven Year Itch” (1955). A unforgettable scene where Marilyn is standing above a grating when an ‘unexpected’ gust of air lifts her dress up. It was an unprecedented and seductive moment in cinema and has been immortalized in this scene and by that dress.

4. Ursula Andress – “Dr.No”

At 4th place there’s Ursula Andress’s bikini in “Dr. No” (1962). Another piece which made fashion history: it’s a “smack” to the discretion of those years, showing a woman in all her femininity, with rounded curves that were to be not hidden anymore, but exhibited on the big screen. After this movie, the bikini became popular throughout the entire world.

5. Kate Hudson – “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days”

Another recent dress that made the list is the golden outfit worn by Kate Hudson in “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days” (2003). A dress voted for its perfect line that hugs the body perfectly. Kudos to Goldie Hawn’s daughter for making it look so lovely.

6. Audrey Hepburn – “My Fair Lady”

Another amazing outfit from Audrey Hepburn shows her in this white dress with lace and ribbons worn for the musical “My Fair Lady” (1964). The dress makes it’s appearance in the famous scene where she goes to the horse race in Ascot. A very sumptuous dress.

7. Olivia Newton John – “Grease”

Really different style for 7th place: the black, tight leggings of Olivia Newton-John in the finale scene of the famous movie “Grease” (1978) made a splash while she was dancing with John Travolta to the musical number “You’re The One That I Want”. From that moment forward leggings beame an extremely popular trend.

8. Raquel Welch – “One Million Years B.C.”

In 8th place there is a ‘prehistoric’ costume worn by Raquel Welch in “One Million Years B.C.” (1966): a sort of bikini made from animal skin. The success of this costume came from the fact that it emphasized Welch’s body. She is considered one of the greatest sex symbols of 70s, and she still has a lot of fans.

9. Nicole Kidman – “Moulin Rouge”

At 9th place is an outfit that didn’t influence the wardrobe trends of the era, but spoke to the success and charm of the woman who wore it: Nicole Kidman’s corseted number in “Moulin Rouge” (2001)

10. Sarah Jessica Parker – “Sex and the City”

And at last but definitely not least, there’s the iconic wedding dress designed by Vivienne Westwood and worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in “Sex and the City” (2008). It is a very magnificent dress which carries great symbolic value: it shows how today a 40 year-old women’s dream of having a fairy tale wedding can come true.

Which is your favorite outfit among these? Are there other outfits would you put in the Top 10? POst your choices in the comments!