The dress, in all its shapes and sizes, has definitely evolved over the past century. But even after a long and turbulent history, it's still a key item in the closet of many woman. With every new silhouette and design, the dress has functioned as an embodiment of the zeitgeist. Among these historic garments, there were a few that can be considered truly exceptional. From the Mondrian dress to the Issa Silk dress worn by Kate Middleton, these are 9 dresses that have made an unerasable impression.
- Letty Lynton dress
The dress, worn by Joan Crawford and designed by Adrian in 1932, was described as 'one of the most sensational style creations of the last decade'. The dress was designed with ruffled sleeves, to hide Crawford's broad shoulders, creating an inverted triangle silhouette, that would be loved by many women all over the world. It was something new, not just the silhouette but also the style of the dress. It was the first swirling, romantic gown after WWI. The ruffled dress was copied by Macy's, right after the film premiere. Reports are stating that a whopping 500.000 copies were sold.
- 'Every 1951 prom queen had to have' dress
For the movie 'A place in the sun', Costume designer Edith Head paired up with actress Elizabeth Taylor, to design a super fabulous dress: velvet flowers, ivory tule over yellow taffeta and a strapless neckline, that gave the dress a fifties prom vibe. No wonder every girl wanted a prom dress just like this.
- Mondrian dress
In 1965 a dress designed by Yves Saint Laurent was presented, the Mondrian dress. Fashion journalist Eugenia Sheppard stated that 'nothing has ever hit the American fashion world with such a resounding wham'. Within in a month the first copies of this haute couture piece started to appear. After a while the market was flooded by the dresses, making the streets look like a little museum.
- DVF wrap dress
In 1974 Diane von Frustenberg introduced her iconic wrap dress. Two years later she was producing a whopping number of 20,000 dresses a week. It was one the first day-to-night dress, embraced by the free spirited woman of the 70's. Disco diva's loved the easy dresses. Diane told Vogue 'simplicity and sexiness, that's what people want'.
- Halston Ultrasuede dress
In two years later after the wrap dress was released, another iconic dress made its entrance, the Halston Ultrasuede dress. The shirtdress was another dress loved in the 70's and Halston sold a 42,000 copies. The shirtdress addressed all the needs of the working and liberated woman.
- Galaxy dress
In 2005 Roland Mouret released his well-known galaxy dress. It was a dress that satisfied our need for glamour, after a long period of grunge styles and bohemian vibes. Roland himself stated the following about his design: 'you put it on and you looked like an icon'. Many others copied his dress.
- Donna Rico dress
We guess some first ladies have a sixth sense, or to be more particular, a fashion sense. Michelle Obama has always been a stylish woman and never disappoints us. She already blew our minds when she wore a Donna Ricco floral print dress in 2008, but the real astonishment came when she appeared in a draped teal dress by Maria Pinto, at the Democratic National Convention.
- SATC wedding dress
The release of the first sex and the city movie in 2009 was already a big success, but the wedding dress from Vivienne Westwood that Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) wore during this movie was an even bigger success. A cocktail version of this dress was sold at Net-A-Porter and a lot of wannabe-Carries deperately wanted one. Even at a price around €4000, the dress was sold out instantly.
- Issa silk dress
The engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton was probably one of the highlights in 2010. Normally everyone would glance at Kate's engagement ring, but all eyes were set on the draped Issa silk jersey dress she wore. Nothing formal and above all, very available to the public. Can the beautiful sapphire shade be seen as an homage to mother-in-law Princess Diana? We would like to think so.