Great acting, a moving script, and inspired direction can make a movie rise to brilliance, but what makes it particularly beautiful to watch are the sets, the soundtrack, and of course, the style. Movies like Titanic, Moulin Rouge, and Marie Antoinette are screen gems not only for their amazing characters and poignant plots, but also for the unforgettable fashion they present—in fact, each of these films won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design!
Since hemlines, necklines, fabrics, and silhouettes are all signs of the times, costumes can play a huge part in giving a movie authenticity. Most of the time, it is one character, in particular, who embodies a film’s fashion sense and brings it to life—that one girl who walks into a room in an unbelievable ensemble and spurs millions of off-screen copycats all over the globe.
To illustrate our point, here are 10 iconic fashion moments that never cease to amaze—browse through our gallery to see the outfits (and the women who immortalized them).
For more iconic movie styles, check out FN's picks for 10 Iconic Movie Hairstyles.
(Flashbox photo of Marilyn Monroe from The Seven Year Itch courtesy of 20th Century Fox; flashbox photo of Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s courtesy of Paramount Pictures)