Famous Statement Dresses
What does it take to make a dress unforgettable? From Elizabeth Taylor’s seductive slip to Kate Moss in see-through Calvin; from Kylie Minogue in good-girl-gone-bad Versace to Lady Gaga in regal McQueen, these stars know what it takes.
Thought Courtney Love was the first to work a slip-dress as a proper dress? Wrong. Liz Taylor was the originator of this super-sexy idea when she showed us how hot underwear as outerwear could look in the 1960 film Butterfield 8.
Pretty Woman who? The plunged-to-the-naval, split-to-the-thigh, fiery red Versace dress Cindy Crawford wore to the 1991 Oscars showed that Richard Gere’s real-life-wife was hotter than his on-screen GF.
Kate Moss sounded the death knell of the Supermodel when she wore a sheer silver Calvin Klein slip with little more than flip-flops, a cigarette and a smile; meanwhile Naomi worked it for the old-guard in body-con Alaïa.
When the British model wore an indecently short (for 1965 at least) dress to Australia’s Victoria Derby, she began a mini revolution that planted high-hemlines on the dress agenda for good.
‘That’ Versace safety pin dress that Hugh Grant’s then-unknown +1 wore to the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994 has got to be the ultimate statement maker. Obvious, yes, but what wow-dress hall-of-fame would be complete without it?
Her other dress might have been made of meat, but by wearing this gown by design genius Alexander McQueen to the 2010 VMAs, Lady Gaga told us just how seriously she takes fashion.
Jane claims she didn’t know her dress was see-through until she saw the pap shots, but the point is, she totes would have worn it even if she did. With her too-cool-to-care attitude, it was at this moment that Swinging London met chic ‘60s Paris and a style icon was born.
Nothing wipes out a good-girl image like showing up to your film-premiere in 1989 wearing a jaws-on-the-floor Versace glitter mini-dress, with the baddest boy in pop on your arm.