From Uma Thurman’s dance scene in Pulp Fiction, to Diane Keaton’s offbeat charm in Annie Hall, characters and their costumes often stick with us long after the closing credits. Scroll down to take a look at some of the most iconic looks in film history.
Judy Garland, Wizard of Oz
Released in 1935, The Wizard of Oz transformed black and white film into a technicolor wonderland for Judy Garland’s character Dorothy. Wearing a simple blue and white gingham pinafore dress, it was her magic dazzling red slippers that will forever remain an iconic piece of film memorabilia.
Elizabeth Taylor, Cleopatra
A historical drama based on a tragic love story between the ancient Egyptian Queen (played by Elizabeth Taylor) and Roman generals Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison) and Mark Antony (Richard Burton), Taylor was permitted a staggering costume budget of $194,800 (£123,000). Wearing a pair of gold phoenix wings with an equally ornate headdress it was a moment in costume history that will remain forever etched in time
Diane Keaton, Annie Hall
Played by the much-loved Diane Keaton, much of Annie’s charm in Woody Allen’s 1997 film Annie Hall, lay in her offbeat costumes based on obscure layering and masculine tailoring.
Alicia Silverstone, Clueless
In a movie that made a lasting impact on 90’s fashion, Cher Horowitz’s (Alicia Silverstone) yellow plaid suit and her sugar-coated style has been referenced time and time again since its debut in 1995.
Josephine Baker, Zouzou
More than just a show star, Josephine Baker was highly regarded for her work in the Civil Rights Movement and for refusing to perform for segregated audiences in America. She was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture, Zouzou in 1934, wearing eye-waveringly beautiful costumes throughout.
Kate Winslet, Titanic
For an integral scene in Titanic, the free-spirited socialite Rose DeWitt, played by Kate Winslet, visits Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) in the third class cabin wearing a stunning dark ornamental dress with a fierce orange lining, as she struggled with the constraints of her upbringing and social status.
Whitney Houston, Bodyguard
Whitney Houston’s avant-garde costume for her scene in The Bodyguard where she is singing “Queen of the Night” was recently sold at auction for more than five figures.
Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins
Based on the book series by P.L Travers, Mary Poppins mysteriously arrives at Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane in London, taking charge of the Bank’s children and ultimately giving the family some much-needed love and attention. Her simple slate grey dress, sensible hat, and parrot umbrella hold the promise of magical adventure.
Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction
Who can forget Mia Wallace, the bored wife of mob boss Marsellus Wallace, taking the dance floor with John Travolta wearing a pair of black cut off trousers and tailored white shirt, albeit with a pair of Chanel slippers, in this now infamous scene in Pulp Fiction.
Keira Knightley, Atonement
Keira Knightley’s languid green, backless satin gown, worn for her role in Atonement, was made by the costume designer Jaqueline Durran, who also worked with Knightley in Pride and Prejudice. Gathered at the waist with a long train, the iconic gown typified the style of the 1930s with elegance and mystique.
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