10 of the most memorable fashion moments in film

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by Helena Cartwright |
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A great film has the ability to cross cultural or social boundaries and change the way we see the world.

But a really great film is able to do all that and grab our attention with its AMAZING wardrobe.

Here we look at 10 of the most iconic fashion moments in film.


clueless fashion

The bright padded blazers, coloured tights, clashing plaids, and scrunchies worn by the Clueless (1995) girls are some of the most iconic in film history. What’s the most impressive? So many of the outfits in this film still look current 20 years later. Cher Horowitz has 60-plus costume changes and manages to sport no less than six different ensembles in the film’s first 90 seconds.

Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman
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The opera scene in Pretty Woman (1990) is what we secretly hope will happen every time we put on a party dress: that we'll arrive, and suddenly we've left our old shabby no-hope self behind so everyone will see our true radiant beauty.

The Wizard of Oz


In the original novel, Dorothy wore silver shoes, but the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz (1939) are undoubtedly the most famous shoes in film history. Tap tap.

Seven Year Itch

Marilyn Monroe style

The infamous shot of Marilyn Monroe in Seven Year Itch (1955) standing above a subway grate as her white halter dress blows up around her legs became one of the most iconic moments in film history.


Danny and Sandy grease

Olivia Newton John’s transformation from good Sandy to bad Sandy in Grease (1978) was a seminal fashion moment. We’ve got chills, they’re multiplying…

Out of Africa

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Meryl Streep’s safari style wardrobe in Out Of Africa (1985) was effortlessly elegant and it introduced us to the power of a simple white shirt. We are still feeling it to this day.

Annie Hall


The menswear-inspired style worn by Diane Keaton in Annie Hall (1977) became a major trend after the film's release. Her outfits wouldn’t look out of place on the streets of London today.

The Devil Wears Prada

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Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep – all round superstars – wore only the best of the best in the big screen adaptation of the best-selling book. Chanel, Fendi and of course, Prada, not to mention cameos from designers like Valentino. Plus, we had that blue sweater scene.

Sex and the City

Sex And The City 2
Sex And The City 2

Perhaps the TV series was more iconic than the film in terms of trends – but hey, both were brilliant. Bringing back Patricia Field – who styled the television show – for the film was the best decision the producers could have made. With fashion from the biggest designers, she brought the four ladies into the present.



Keira Knightley's green silk dress in Atonement regularly tops the polls of most iconic on-screen dresses. Knightley's smouldering impact in this backless satin gown made us all forget that mere mortals can't pull off a slip dress. Pinned up against the library wall by James McAvoy's Robbie, it also led to one of the most fan-yourself sex scenes of this millennium.

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