Good costumes can make a film enjoyable, but great ones can make it truly iconic and incredibly memorable. There are an array of amazing costume designers who have created stunning works of art, from Keira Knightley’s green dress in Atonement to Audrey Hepburn’s LBD in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. And who could forget the outfits from movies such as Titanic, Clueless and Grease? Or those on show in Pretty Woman and Kill Bill?

We look back at the good, the amazing and the utterly fabulous costumes to have ever graced the big screen. We hope we’ve included your all-time favorite!

Film: Cinderella

Character: Cinderella

Played by: Lily James

Lily James’ Cinderella ballgown took 20 people and 500 man hours, using eight skirts. Over 111,000 Swarovski crystals were added for necessary fairytale charm. Her Swarovski glass slipper weighed just over 1kg.

Film: A Bigger Splash

Character: Marianne Lane

Played by: Tilda Swinton

Dior dressed Tilda Swinton for this epically stylish film, including a chic shirtdress, an elegant backless evening gown and of course signature mirrored sunglasses. It’s the summer wardrobe of our dreams.

Film: Mad Max Fury World

Character: Imperator Furiosa

Played by: Charlize Theron

Costume designer Jenny Beavan won an Oscar in 2016 for her work onMad Max Fury Road, a remake of the 80s classic, this time set in post-apocalyptic wilderness.

Film: The Danish Girl

Character:Lili Elbe

Played by: Eddie Redmayne

It seems fitting that The Danish Girl, which follows the story of Lili Elbe, who was one of the very first people in history to undergo sex reassignment surgery, should be set in the 20s when women’s fashion trends were undergoing a liberation – shapes became looser, allowing for freer movement. The inspiration for the costumes was Coco Chanel, a pioneer in creating women’s clothes that weren’t restrictive.

Film: Carol

Character: Carol Aird

Played by: Cate Blanchett

Carol was set in 1952, before the traditional full-skirted styles that we associate with the 50s were mainstream. Blanchett’s costumes, therefore, are a fusion of 40s silhouettes with nods to the 50s – gloves worn for formal daytime, sailor necklines and dresses with a nipped in waist.

Film: Atonement

Character: Cecilia Tallis

Played by: Keira Knightley

Recently voted ‘Best Costume of All Time’ by Sky Movies, Cecilia’s green dress has become the defining costume in the 2007 adaptation of Ian McEwan’s wonderful book. Costume designer Jacqueline Durran is the artist responsible for the creation. The stunning emerald green colour was requested by director Joe Wright, and alludes to jealously and temptation: two of the film’s overriding themes.

Film: Anna Karenina

Character: Anna Karenina

Played by: Keira Knightley

Another Wright-Knightley-Durran partnership marked the display of yet more fabulously meticulous designs, including Anna’s stunning fur collars, scarves and headpieces. The costume in the film added to the drama and glamour of the story line, and helped to emphasise the rise (and fall) of Anna in the eyes of Count Vronsky.

Film: Cleopatra

Character: Cleopatra

Played by: Elizabeth Taylor

Large gold jewellery, graphic winged eyeliner and a seriously glamorous outfit: it must be Cleopatra. The 60s film is one of Elizabeth Taylor’s most defining roles, and the costumes some of the most memorable.

Film: Kill Bill

Character: The Bride

Played by: Uma Thurman

Kick-ass characters need kick-ass costumes, and The Bride’s yellow and black striped co-ord and matching trainers did the job like no other, so much so, that when you think of the film Kill Bill you often think of the bright yellow suit first.

Film: King Kong

Character: Ann Darrow

Played by: Naomi Watts

As well as being historically accurate (the 1930’s was the decade evening dresses were recognised in the couture category), the simple white dress Naomi Watts wears after returning from skull island is in many ways is the most iconic look of the film. Designer Terry Ryan ensured the dress was simple, but had a touch of glamour in order to represent New York in the 30s. The white dress made Ann look even more feminine and fragile in comparison to the huge, frightening King Kong.

Film: The Seven Year Itch

Character: The Girl

Played by: Marilyn Monroe

The image of The Girl in a billowing white dress is perhaps the most recognisable picture of Marilyn Monroe. The designer responsible for the costume was William Travilla, who is award-winning. Following Marilyn’s death, Travilla kept the dress in his collection, up until his own death in 1990. The piece is now owned by a buyer who paid over $5.6 million during an auction.

Film: Romeo & Juliet

Character: Juliet Capulet

Played by: Claire Danes

That iconic balcony scene in the 1996 adaptation of Romeo & Julietwas made even more memorable by Claire Danes’ bold angel wings and innocent white dress. This is the outfit we as viewers first see Juliet in, as well as the outfit Romeo first sees her in, making it the most special of the film.

Film: Sex and the City Movie

Character: Carrie Bradshaw

Played by: Sarah Jessica Parker

It’s the Vivienne Westwood dress that kicked Carrie’s suit’s little ass, and it’s the most memorable costume from the film. The large silk white gown is the piece Carrie is dressed in when Big leaves her jilted at the alter; setting off the synopsis for the entire first movie. And who could forget the blue bird Patricia Field put in Carrie’s hair?!

Film: Black Swan

Character: Nina Sayers

Played by: Natalie Portman

Nina’s struggle with the dark side of her lead role in Swan Lake ends up consuming her entirely, which is represented by the change in her outfit. This majestic costume was designed intricately by Amy Westcott, and was contributed to by the Rodarte sisters. The collaboration between the sisters and Amy soon became controversial, however, when the question over how much input the sisters had arose after only Amy was considered for Best Costume Designer.

Film: A Place In The Sun

Character: Angela Vickers

Played by: Elizabeth Taylor

Costume designer Edith Head won one of her eight Academy Awards for costume design by designing the prom-style ball gown worn by Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun, and, when looking closely at the dress, we can see why. With a fixed bodice and flowing netted skirt, this piece is the definition of iconic.

Film: To Catch A Thief

Character: Frances Stevens

Played by: Grace Kelly

Edith Head was also responsible for the masterpiece that was Grace Kelly’s icy blue chiffon dress, which debuted in 1954 blockbuster To Catch a Thief. The dress was worn without jewellery or accessories, but stood out within the film.

Film: Shakespeare In Love

Character: Viola De Lesseps

Played by: Gwyneth Paltrow

The costumes in Shakespeare in Love are all fantastic, but the most memorable is Viola’s wedding dress, which is complete with a thick quilted bodice.

Film: Sabrina

Character: Sabrina Fairchild 

Played by: Audrey Hepburn

Audrey’s first collaboration with Givenchy proved just as impressive as all those that followed. This stunning white strapless ballgown with gold detailing totally stole the show in Sabrina

Film: The Duchess

Character: Georgiana Cavendish

Played by: Keira Knightley

BAFTA award-winning costume designer Michael O’Connor created the Georgian-style costumes for Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes in The Duchess. The wedding outfit, shown in this picture, was the most memorable, and reflected the best of Georgian attire.

Film: Gentleman Prefer Blondes

Character: Lorelei Lee

Played by: Marilyn Monroe

This shocking pink dress, created by William Travilla, was worn when Marilyn Monroe performed the famous sequence for ‘Diamond’s are a girl’s best friend’. Our favourite aspect of this stunning bold dress is the oversized bow on the back. Oh, and the decadent matching gloves, of course.

Film: Out of Africa

Character: Karen Dinesen

Played by: Meryl Streep

The smart but safari-like attire worn by Meryl Streep in one of her most defining roles as Karen Dinesen impressed audiences, and had an influence on fashion at the time. Designers like Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Yves Saint Laurent and Thierry Mugler took influence from the designs for their collections following the film’s release.

Film: Titanic

Character: Rose DeWitt Bukater

Played by: Kate Winslet

Who could forget Rose’s sequinned elegant gown from the scene inTitanic where she waits for Jack on the staircase? The dress featured a sharp square neckline and was paired with white silk gloves and a rather large jewelled necklace.

Film: Marie Antoinette

Character: Marie Antoinette

Played by: Kirsten Dunst

Marie Antoinette’s voluminous jewelled wedding dress reflects the epitome of style in Versailles during the Rococo period. The rest of the costumes from the 2006 film were arguably just as impressive, but this is the outfit that stands out to us the most due to its pure decadence and luxury.

Film: Pretty In Pink

Character: Andie Walsh

Played by: Mollie Ringwald

The scene in which Blane finally admits his love for Andie is made even more iconic by the costume chosen. Mollie Ringwald’s silk and lace pink spotty dress is not one of our favourite prom dresses in history, but it well and truly caught our attention all the same.

Film: Moulin Rouge

Character: Satine

Played by: Nicole Kidman

This red satin gown was worn during the elephant love medley scene in the film, and was paired with sultry ruby lips and Nicole Kidman’s beautiful red hair. The dress was designed by John Papadopoulas; an expert in theatrical design.

Film: The Princess Diaries

Character: Mia Thermopolis

Played by: Anne Hathaway

When Mia finally decides she is willing to live her life as a princess, she needs a dress fit for a princess… and this is exactly what she got. Her gorgeous white strapless dress was topped off with a pretty, intricately designed tiara.

Hope you enjoy our list!!!

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