Here are top ten movie dresses to start of your journal:
1. Keira Knightley, AtonementEasily the best dress on film in the aughts, this floor-sweeping, slinky '40s evening gown by designer Jacqueline Durran had audiences green with envy. As Cecilia, Keira Knightley wore this tantalizing emerald backless number with spaghetti straps, a wide gathered waistband, high front-slit and perforated neckline in the super-sexy scene against the bookshelf with James McAvoy. A jewel of a gown, it's enough to make us renew our library cards.2. Elizabeth Taylor, Cat on a Hot Tin RoofTechnically, this goes under the dress, but leave it to Liz Taylor to make the full slips and heels she wore as feral cat Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as much of a fashion-statement as her carefully-crafted Edith Head gowns. Lingerie as day-wear has never seemed so elegant.3. Cate Blanchett, anything in Elizabeth: The Golden AgeWhile reviews of this sequel were mixed, no one doubted the magnificent royal wardrobe created for The Virgin Queen by costume designer Alexandra Byrne. From daring lace necklines to sumptuous fabrics and saturated colors (think glittering golds, rich reds and regal purples) the splendor's in the details, and on this set, more was always gloriously more.4 Audrey Hepburn, tie: Sabrina and My Fair LadyFashion icon Audrey Hepburn has worn department stores' worth of dreamy concoctions thanks to her bestie, Hubert de Givenchy, who designed many of her dresses on and off-screen. So, we had to declare a tie between Givenchy's uncredited heavenly black-and-white embroidered perfection in Sabrina (with a detachable train, natch) and My Fair Lady's big Eliza Doolittle ascot moment, a slim column lace dress wrapped in bold, contrasting striped ribbon. It won costume designer Cecil Beaton an Oscar for Best Costume Design in the process.5. Nicole Kidman, Moulin RougeThe stylish courtesan strutted her stuff in a lot of bedazzled corsets in Moulin Rouge, but when she was desperate to seal the deal with the unscrupulous Duke of Monroth, she slipped into this seductive, red silk satin stunner that laces up the back. Designed by Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie, the deep-V bodice also boasts an A-line skirt, train and prominent bustle — definitely a gown to sing about.6. Kate Winslet, TitanicNot-so-gracefully dubbed the "Suicide Jump Dress," Rose thankfully had a change of heart before sinking this exquisitely beaded gown. Lined in lightweight, red silk satin, and embellished with an overskirt of jet-black beads and black lace and tulle, designer Deborah Lynn Scott's period masterpiece thawed our hearts to the frosty socialite (even if it couldn't do anything about that iceberg).7. Grace Kelly, To Catch a ThiefAs one of Alfred Hitchcock's favorite blonde beauties, Grace Kelly positively glowed in this wispy, ice-blue chiffon cocktail dress by Edith Head. Featuring a nipped-in waist, five layers of flowing fabric with a color-blocked stripe of darker blue — plus matching rosette and scarf — the only accessory you'll need to pair this eye-candy with is a toasty tan from the French Riviera.8. Kelly LeBrock, Weird ScienceFor our next New Year's Eve party, we're totally craving this silver, leopard sequined, backless '80s number that Lisa, the supermodel Wyatt and Gary created on Wyatt's computer, wore during the party of the decade. (We'd also take the ability to freeze party guests who annoy us).
9. Sharon Stone, Basic InstinctSharon Stone perfected minimalist, '90s chic in this crisp, short shift dress with a roll-neck and high-cut armholes when she made a quick, provocative wardrobe change before going downtown for police questioning. Made of winter-white wool crepe by Ellen Mirojnick, its innocent color became anything but during an infamous interrogation scene that left undergarments at an, er, minimum.
10. Marilyn Monroe, Gentlemen Prefer BlondesOh sure, there’s the white halter/steam vent dress. But, Marilyn never looked better — or more in her element — than dripping in diamonds and men in this floor-length, shocking pink, satin frock created by costume designer William Travilla and matching pink gloves as Lorelei Lee. Later copied by Madge herself in the "Material Girl" video, the original sold at auction for $310,000 in 2010. (And yes, ladies, this is the only time a large ass-bow has ever worked).