Friday, 3 January 2014

The Dresses That Changed Fashion

Over the years, we have seen some shocking, beautiful and captivating dresses. From Princess Diana's wedding dress and Versace's safety-pin number to that wedding dress worn by Carrie Bradshaw, Marie Claire has edited the dresses that changed fashion. Check out the full 50 here

Kate Middleton's Sarah Burton Wedding Gown
I think its fair to say majority of the people who watched Kate and Will's wedding were only watching for THAT wedding dress. 
Audrey Hepburn's Givenchy Dress
The most iconic of all dresses. Mention Breakfast At Tiffany's and everyone think of this dress. It has become the most infamous little black dress in fashion and one of the most iconic looks in the history of film.
Vivienne Westwood's Lily Dress
Remember Carrie Bradshaw's extravagance of a wedding dress in Sex And The City? Well it  rose to fame following its appearance and inspired a new generation of structured, corseted dresses, and the cocktail version worn by Nicola Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Nigella Lawson and Sarah Jessica Parker herself – completely sold out, despite retailing at over £4,000. 
Princess Diana's Revenge Dress
The iconic 'revenge' dress designed by Christina Stambolian was worn to a  party by Diana the day after Prince Charles publicly admitted he had been having an affair with Camilla.
Mary Katrantzou's 'Room' Collection
Katrantzou's spring 2011 collection was genius. Having a lampshade for a skirt? Inspired. The range of dresses also solidified the digital print trend that she helped to create. 
The 'Shall We Dance?' Dress
Weighing 44 pounds, this voluminous ballgown from The King and I is a dress of it own rights.
J-Lo's Versace Dress 
We all remember when J-Lo arrived at the 2000 Grammys wearing THAT Versace tropical-print, plunging, sheer dress.
The Yves Saint Laurent Mondrian Dress
The iconic dress from YSL's autumn/winter 1965 collection was inspired by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. The idea of a wool shift dress printed with block primary colours was quickly copied on the high street and became the look of the sixties. It's the piece the designer is still best known for. 
Grace Jones In Keith Haring
Andy Warhol introduced Grace Jones and Keith Haring in the mid-eighties and, though the pair worked together on many projects, it was the 20ft Haring dress that the singer wore to a New Year's Eve party in 1987 that most people remember.
Versace's Safety-Pin Dress
Everyone remembers seeing Liz Hurley step onto the red carpet for the Four Weddings and a Funeral premiere wearing Versace's now-iconic safety pin dress.
Chanel's Little Black Dress
Even though the Little Black Dress was not invented by her, Coco Chanel has become synonymous with the staple style since she dressed Audrey Hepburn in 1926. Chanel predicted that the style would become the 'uniform' for women's evening wear. And how right she was. 
That Swan Dress
Who can forget this swan dress Bjork wore to the 2001 Oscars? I still don't understand why anyone will design such a thing? 
Lady Gaga's Meat Dress
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Source: Marie Claire UK



  1. The meat dress still scares me..
    Nice post!

    x Angela

  2. Wow, I used to put safety pins on all my clothes in middle school. Now I know why I was inspired to do that, lol.

  3. ohh I loved Mary Katrantzou's collection! so creative:)
    Emma xx

  4. The Givenchy gown from Breakfast at Tiffany's will always be my favourite - but there's no doubt that all of these dresses have had an impact on fashion!

  5. Ahahahaha the meat dress tho, I still love gaga :)

  6. Thank you very much for your nice comment
    This article is very interesting !! I didn't know that the Audrey Hedburn's dress was from Givenchy

    xx Inès