Yes, really. These 50 dresses are the best of what we wear today
There is no doubt that certain iconic dresses form a lasting visual memory. The dress and its wearer become our personal muse in helping to define our own individual style, or its unique design represents a breakthrough in fashion from that point forward.
Then again, we may have simply fallen in love with the style. And love can have no explanation.
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Consider The Goddess Dress by Madeline Vionnet in 1931. Derivatives of its floaty draping are still grazing the red carpet today.
A new era of defiance, resilience, and hope was seen in the full skirts and tiny waist of Christian Dior’s The New Look of dresses in 1947.
The Chanel suit was introduced in the late 1950’s and it goes without saying how covetable it still is today. The uber iconic Hubert de Givenchy Little Black Dress on Audrey Hepburn in 1961 is a fashion imprint like no other. When you’re not wearing a Minidress that Mary Quant first put on the fashion map in 1965.
There’s my favorite Yves Saint Laurent Safari Dress in 1968. The daring Topless Dress from Rudy Gernreich in 1970 was a fashion breakthrough and still looks modern, with perhaps a layer underneath.
How many of us have a Diane Von Furstenberg Wrap Dress in our closets? It was a fashion breakthrough in 1973.
These and 42 other iconic dresses are catalogued in The Design Museum Fifty Dresses That Changed The World.
The book is like a walking tour of the world’s most fabulous closet that may also have a Roland Mouret Galaxy Dress (2005), Herve Leger Bandage Dress (1989), Halston Halterneck Dress (1977), or some crazy Metal Disc Dress inspired from the 1966 Paco Rabanne style.
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