Audrey Hepburn to Lady Gaga: A Look Back at 10 Most Iconic White Dresses in Fashion History

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A salute to the timeless elegance of white dresses.

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone's dress from Basic Instinct was recognized as one of the most iconic looks of 1992 — as well as the entire 90s. Her character, dubbed "the devil in white," wears the laconic minidress with a high collar, partially hidden under a matching white coat at the beginning of the famous scene.

Gwyneth Paltrow

One of Gwyneth Paltrow's most impressive outfits is definitely the white floor-length gown with a cape and an asymmetric neckline. The actress wore the Valentino dress at the 2012 Oscars.

Audrey Hepburn

This is another Oscar dress, worn in 1954 by Audrey Hepburn as she received the Best Actress statuette for her role as Princess Anne in Roman Holiday. The Givenchy design, decorated with lace, boasted a puffy skirt, narrow belt, open arms, and fabric-covered buttons on the back. It is worth noting that Hubert Givenchy was a close friend of the actress and designed her outfits for most films, award ceremonies, and photo shoots.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Perhaps one of Sarah Jessica Parker's most famous white dresses is the one in the feature film Sex and the City 2. As soon as the audience saw the actress wearing the Halston Heritage dress with a V-shaped neckline and dropped shoulders, the brand instantly gained popularity among fashionistas and the series' fans.

Lady Gaga

At some point in her life, Lady Gaga moved away from striking provocative looks and turned to elegant attire instead. Her choice for the 2015 Academy Awards night was a stunning Azzedine Alaïa gown. The singer complemented it with another bizarre accessory: the bright-red rubber gloves — like the ones you'd wear to wash the dishes or clean up the house.

Princess Diana

In 1983, Princess Diana traveled to Australia, where she was captured wearing a stylish cotton summer dress by Benny Ong. The midi-length attire appears quite fashionable even today — and the safari style cut looks especially glamorous in white.

Marilyn Monroe

You may not have watched The Seven Year Itch, but you definitely know the scene with the most iconic white dress in history: when Marilyn Monroe's character walks above a windy subway grating, her dress' pleated skirt soars up, revealing the girl's lingerie. The open-back dress by William Travilla has inspired many similar designs and has become one of the most popular outfits at costume parties.

Grace Kelly

A Hollywood actress and later Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly is perceived as an embodiment of the 1950s sophistication and femininity. Several of her movie looks are admired by fashion critics and fans to this day — and one of them is the draped white dress with a heart-shaped bodice from the 1954 film To Catch a Thief. The floor-length gown makes the actress look especially charming and delicate.

Naomi Watts

At the 2008 Met Gala, the actress donned a pleated dress in the style of the classic Hollywood looks of the 1930s and 40s. The gown featured an extravagant bodice, adorned with a star in the center, and was complemented up with a traditional evening scarf to maximize the wow effect.


In the past, Björk's swan dress was included in the lists of the most ridiculous Oscar looks. But sometimes, fashion turns upside down, and the attire that has once been criticized is suddenly perceived as the pinnacle of style. Nowadays, we admit that Marjan Pejoski's unusual design was truly beautiful — elegantly manifesting the Icelandic singer's purity and grace.