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Best Wedding Dresses from Movies

Ah movie weddings…as if movies weren’t already bad enough with the prefect one liners, background music, gorgeous actors, & wardrobes they have to go and add  amazing weddings to them to add fuel to every girl’s unrealistic wedding hopes. And of course with a big wedding comes a big wedding dress. It’s the one thing we all look forward to seeing, well at least I do 🙂 Here are some of my all-time favorites from the cinema. Which ones were your favorites?

Toni Collette in “In Her Shoes”

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I love this knee length, lace and tulle, 50’s inspired wedding dress that Maggie (played by Cameron Diaz) picked for her older sister Rose (Toni Collette). It was her gift to her only sister on her big day which made it even more special. I’m not sure where the dress came from but the costume designer is Sophie De Rakoff, she is also a stylist.

Julia Roberts in “Steel Magnolias”

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Classic 80’s bride. I’m not sure if I like this dress because it’s not disgustingly overdone for 1989, or because it’s Julia Roberts and she looks gorgeous in anything, or because it’s a classic fit or all of the above. Some people may hate it but I think it’s one of the best. Costume designer Julie Weiss definitely made a memorable impression with this dress to go with Shelby’s “blush” and “bashful” wedding color scheme.

Kate Hudson in “Bride Wars”

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I must’ve watched this movie about a million times before my wedding. I can’t think of a better movie for wedding inspiration. The dress is by world renowned wedding dress designer Vera Wang. Since this dress was by an actual wedding dress designer and not a costume designer, anyone could purchase it. It retailed over $7,000.00 a bit overpriced yes, but look at how gorgeous it is!

Drew Barrymore in “Ever After”

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In this scene Danielle stole back her mother’s wedding dress from her evil stepsister so that she could wear it to the ball. This vintage beauty was known as the “Breathe” dress made by costumer Jane Law. The shoes to go with dress where a custom design by Salvatore Ferragamo. You can find an interesting article on the dress here.

Sarah Jessica Parker in “Sex and the City”

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“The bride wore a dress by no one”. When I first saw this movie I wasn’t expecting the epic couple to marry at the courthouse and have an IHop reception with friends afterwards, but I don’t think this movie couldn’t have ended any better. This simple, “label-less” suit although disappointing in the beginning really did make sense in the end. It was what Carrie knew she should marry Big in all along. Turns out the suit is not so “label-less”, it’s actually from the Christian Dior 2008 Resort Collection. And, the pair of Manolo’s she wore in this scene can still be purchased today at Neiman Marcus or Nordstrom.

America Ferrera in “Our Family Wedding”

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Here is another dress that’s available for purchase to anyone. Monique Lhuillier custom designed this “Lucia” gown for America Ferrera’s character in this movie. I love this elegant, lace, slim fitted dress that has a surprising open back, it’s perfect for an outdoor Spring wedding.

Sarah Jessica Parker in “Sex and the City”

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Of course this dress made the list. I know that I said I loved the simple suit but this dress is just so gorgeous. As we all know, Vivienne Westwood designed this dress specifically for this movie and apparently right after the movie was released, a shorter version of this dress sold out within minutes according to this article.

Julia Roberts in “Runaway Bride”

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Hands down this is the best dress of all of Maggie Carpenter’s weddings in Runaway Bride. According to this article costume designer Albert Wolsky designed all of the wedding dresses in this movie except this one. He found this Amsale gown off the rack at Saks.

Kristen Stewart in “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1”

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I’m so not into these movies (sorry Twilight fans), but I’m definitely into this dress! Gah! Look at the incredible detail in the back of this dress! I’ve never seen Kristen Stewart look so beautiful (or happy) as she does in this screen shot. Carolina Herrera designed this $35,000.00 crepe satin and French Chantilly lace dress. The gown has 152 buttons on the back and 17 on each sleeve all sewn in by hand. This dress was also available to anyone willing to bank out the big bucks but there also was a more affordable version of this dress available at Alfred Angelo according to this article.

Audrey Hepburn in “Funny Face”

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Oh Miss Audrey… you sure are one style icon which is why it’s no surprise that you are the number one movie bride on my list. It just amazes me how anything she wore became an instant classic that would be worn years (many years) later. The dress was of course designed by Hepburn’s favorite, Hubert de Givenchy. This 1950’s style will never get old judging from the fact that this same silhouette is used by many designers today. Classy, timeless, and elegant as things usually are from any Hepburn/Givenchy collaboration.

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Best Makeovers From Movies

What is better in a movie than major make-over scene? Yeah, I can’t think of anything either. If a movie has a make-over scene it is usually my favorite scene of the whole entire movie and I usually watch it over and over again. It’s amazing what a little makeup, hair straightening, makeup and the right clothes can do to a girl. Here is my list of some of my favorites:

Brittany Murphy in Clueless

”Cher’s main thrill in life is a makeover”

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Clueless is one of the ultimate movies from the 90’s. I love that Cher & Dionne took pity on the new girl at school who was in desperate need of a makeover. They definitely used their popularity for a good cause by turining the plain-Jane Tai into a gorgeous “Betty“.

Doris Day in Calamity Jane

“Whip, crack, away!”

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Doris Day went from dirty cowboy to classy, western beauty in Calamity Jane. She showed everyone how womanly she could be when she showed up to the ball in her famous pink dress.

Anne Hathaway in the Princess Diaries

”Me? A princess?..SHUT UP!”

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Anne really does know how to do a makeover in a movie. Thank God Paolo came to Mia Thermopolis’ rescue when she was in desperate need of a princess makeover.

Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed

“I’m not Josie Grossie anymore!”

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So Josie Geller never really had a “makeover scene” in Never Been Kissed. She actually tried to giver herself a new look in the beginning of the movie but it wasn’t sucessful considering the first picture is of her “new look”. It was once she started hanging out with the popular girls that she developed a cleaner, prettier look. I LOVE THIS MOVIE! Sorry, I just had throw that in 🙂

Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman

                                                                     “Rodeo Drive baby!”

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Of course Vivian had be on this list. She too never really had a “makeover scene” either she just had one of the most popular shopping scenes in movie history…which is pretty much just as good. Rodeo Drive did her good (once she was allowed to shop there).

Melanie Griffin in Working Girl

                                                   “I’ve got a head for business and bod for sin”

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Gah I hate her seriously disturbed 80’s hair do! Luckily, her lying about being the boss made her have the bright idea of getting a more sophisticated look. Well done Tess!

Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality

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This is definitely one of my favorite “makeover scenes” of all time. Sandra Bullock looks hott after exchanging her frizzy hair, bushy eyebrows, and man boots for a more glam look so that she could look like a real candidate for the “Miss United States” pageant. “Mr. Vick.. nice work!”

Anne Hathaway in Devil Wears Prada

You used to make fun of the Runway girls, now you’re one of them!”

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Okay so this along with Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality are probably my favorites. It’s definitely a tie. Like I said before, Anne really knows how to do a makeover scene. With the help of Nigel, Andy transformed from frumpy to fashionable…very fashionable.

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Top 10 Most Loved Dresses From Movies

I thought I would start out my very first blog post with something fun. For those of you that don’t know me, I am a total movie nerd. My sisters and I got our love for movies from our parents. Renting movies from blockbuster every Friday night was what we looked forward to every week in our childhood. Movies always have and always will take me to a fantasy place far away from reality where dreams come true, good always triumphs over evil, and life has the perfect soundtracks and original scores for every scene of your life. Oh and most importantly, the absolute prefect dress comes along for that special event either through your fairy godmother, a rich, handsome creeper, or someone you know just so happened to have it in their closet and lent it to you. Yes, these are the dresses that you will always remember and hope to one day find for your special event.

The following list of my most loved dresses to ever grace the Hollywood cinema will take you back to those breath taking moments when you first saw them on the big screen. The dresses that would make you give anything to be the movie star wearing the dress for just one moment. These dresses are the first thing we remember when we hear the titles of these movies so here it is, I hope you enjoy.

10. Hillary Duff in Cinderella Story 

“Love the dress, hate her”

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Ah every girl dreams of a Cinderella moment like this. I think that this dress hits home with me because this movie came out my senior year of high school. The costume dance scene where Duff walks down the stairs in this lovely, sparkly, white dress is truly memorable. The dress was a one of a kind design by well-known wedding dress designer, Monique Lhuillier.

9.  Julia Roberts in My Best Friend’s Wedding

You wouldn’t be comfortable unless you were distinct”

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This dress is not one most people would put on a list like this but I can’t help it. I absolutely love this dress even to this day. Julia Roberts looked so elegant and graceful in this lavender silk, halter dress created by costume designer Jeffrey Kurland. I was ten years old when I saw this movie and this stunning dress made me hope to be maid of honor one day.

8. Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina

“Sabrina, Sabrina where have you been all of my life?”

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The dress is by Givenchy. Enough said. Hubert de Givenchy was actually expecting to design for Catherine Hepburn not Audrey Hepburn for this movie and he was less than impressed to see Audrey show up in a t-shirt and cropped pants for the appointment . Luckily, Audrey won him over with her delightful charm and the two created iconic fashion collaborations with Givenchy continuing to design for her in Funny Face and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This black and white ensemble is the epitome of classy. Mrs. Hepburn looks so chic and elegant in this ball gown. The first time I saw this dress I remember thinking this dress is way too fashionable for a 1950’s movie and then I grew to learn that the 1950’s was a very fashionable decade. It was when class and elegance graced the cinema the most. Bravo Mrs. Hepburn for setting the standards high for style in Hollywood and the rest of the world.

7. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

“I’m just CRAZY about Tiffany’s!” 

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Well obviously I couldn’t leave this classic off the list. What a way to start out a movie: Audrey Hepburn eating breakfast in front of the Tiffany’s window in a floor length, simple but stunning black, sheath dress designed by Givenchy. It is paired with the perfect accessories: strings of pearls, elbow length gloves, and big shades. This dress is without a doubt one of the most historic dresses in fashion history. It is why most ladies own a black dress. It’s simple, elegant and safe. Bravo again Mrs. Hepburn.

6. Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady

“Move your bloomin arse!”

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Okay, okay Hepburn again, I know but don’t you see why? The Horse Race scene in this movie is one of my favorite movie scenes of all time. All of the black, white, and gray costumes, the singing, the graceful dancing, the English accents…so entrancing.  Then whenever Hepburn enters the scene with the black and white ascot dress it is just breath taking. She just looks like a pretty present I just want to unwrap so that I can wear the wrappings myself. Cecil Beaton did an impressive costume design in this movie and has the Oscar to prove it.

5. Demi Moore in Indecent Proposal 

     “The dress is for sale, I’m not”

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Demi Moore. I couldn’t think of a better woman to fill this black, strapy number designed by Thierry Mugler. Wow just wow. What lonely, millionaire man wouldn’t offer a mil for one night with her?! Demi Moore looks timeless in this gown. She combines sexy with elegance in the $5,000.00 dress Robert Redford buys her in Indecent Proposal. Again, wow.

4. Jennifer Lopez in Maid in Manhattan

You and me, can’t go anywhere beyond this evening. It just can’t.”
-“You should’ve worn a different dress then”

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Gasp. At least that’s what I do every time I see Jennifer Lopez in this dress. Maid in Manhattan is another modern day Cinderella story with an outstanding dress to go with it. Jennifer Lopez looks absolutely spectacular in this pale pink, strapless, chiffon gown designed by costume designer Albert Wolsky. I also have to give credit to the Harry Winston wreath necklace she wears with the dress, its the perfect finishing touch to this gorgeous ensemble.

3. Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman 

“If I forget to tell you later, I had a really good time tonight”
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The epic red dress. Julia Roberts will always and forever be remembered for this stunning red dress she wears to the opera. Costume designer Marilyn Vance was originally told to make the dress in black….seriously?! Luckily, Vance made the right decision otherwise the movie just would not have been the same.

2. Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 

“I always say a kiss on the hand might feel very good,but a diamond tiara lasts forever.”   

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I can still recall the first moment I saw this jaw-dropping dress. My sister Crystal was and still is obsessed with the TCM channel. One night I remember passing through the living room while she was watching an old movie on TCM and I had to take a double take of the television screen once I saw the hot pink dress with the big bow. I was in awe and couldn’t move as I saw the lovely Marylin dancing with numerous men in tuxedos while singing about diamonds. Costume designer William Travilla couldn’t have designed a better dress for this fabulous musical number in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

1. Cinderella in Cinderella 

“Did ever see such a beautiful dress? And look glass slippers! Why, it’s like a dream…. a wonderful dream come true”
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So of course this had to be my number one choice. Even though this movie is animated it is still the first dream gown that created them all. Disney fairy tales have a way of creating magic on the screen especially when it comes to Disney princess fashion. I’m sure we can all remember watching this movie as little girls and wishing to be Cinderella going to the ball to meet prince charming in this glittery, pale blue gown. This dress is a truly magical piece of art that is a great reference as to what a great dress moment should be.

For reference and further reading

http://archives.cnn.com/2002/SHOWBIZ/Movies/11/29/in.look.style.j.lopez/

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/09/04/hubert-de-givenchy-remembers-audrey-hepburn/

http://www.elle.com/pop-culture/reviews/happy-birthday-pretty-woman-437978

http://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/greatest-movie-dresses-ever#slide-1

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