Movies have been a staple of our culture for an entire century now. From the original black and white films to the vibrant and colorful films of modern cinema, we have always loved the look and feel of movies. An important aspect of movies are the characters and the way in which they are presented. A huge part of a character is the way that they dress. While the vast majority of movie characters have had forgettable fashion, there are some film characters who have become fashion icons. The actresses who portrayed these characters have become symbolic figures in the fashion industry because of the way in which these particular characters dressed. From the classic Holly Golightly to the chic Cher Horowitz, we’ve rounded up seven of the most iconic and unforgettable outfits from movies.
Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
When Audrey Hepburn played Holly Golightly in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, audiences were immediately captivated by her chic style. The movie takes place in Manhattan, and Holly Golightly is the epitome of New York City style. The little black dress, long black gloves and pearl necklace that she wears in the beginning of the film quickly became one of the most iconic outfits from movies.
Kate Hudson in Almost Famous
In 2000, audiences fell in love with Kate Hudson’s portrayal of Penny Lane in the movie Almost Famous. Set in the early 70’s, Penny Lane is a “band aid” (NOT groupie) for the fictional band Stillwater. Her wardrobe is comprised of 70’s staples like bellbottoms and crop tops, but there is one outfit that stood out about the rest. When we first meet Penny Lane, she is wearing a long suede coat with fur trim. Fans of the film have been obsessed with the coat ever since!
Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch
Easily one of the most well-known scenes in cinema history, we’re all familiar with the image of Marilyn Monroe trying to hold down her white dress as it’s blown up in the city street. She wore the iconic look in the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch, where she played a nameless girl who seduces a wealthy businessman while his family is out of town.
Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind
Released in 1939, Gone With the Wind was one of the very first epic motion pictures and nearly all of its characters have become icons in cinema history. Vivien Leigh played the fierce and fiery Scarlett O’Hara, whose outfits were even bigger than her personality. Almost all of Scarlett’s ensembles are unforgettable outfits from movies, but one stand-out in particular is the floral patterned dress she wears with the oversized sunhat. I
Olivia Newton John in Grease
Olivia Newton John solidified her status in film fashion with her 1978 role as Sandy Olsson in Grease. Nearly everyone has seen the classic musical, so we’re all familiar with Sandy’s dramatic transformation from good girl to bad girl at the end of the film. It’s been forty years since the film’s debut, and fans still sport the all-leather ensemble at Halloween parties!
Diane Keaton in Annie Hall
Diane Keaton won audience’s hearts with her portrayal in Annie Hall. Playing the titular character, Diane Keaton’s own personal fashion was a major influence in the film. The character of Annie sports chic menswear and hats, a style that ma ny fans replicated after the film’s release. To this day, Diane Keaton still wears suits and ties to many red carpet events.
Alicia Silverstone in Clueless
The 90’s were known for endless fashion trends, from alt-rock grunge to supermodel chic. One of the major fashion trends of the 90’s was inspired by the movie Clueless. Alicia Silverstone played the style-obsessed Cher Horowitz, who was known for her carefully constructed clothing choices. One of the most well-known in particular is the bright yellow plaid schoolgirl outfit that she wears for much of the film. The outfit is so iconic, it was replicated by Iggy Azalea in her 2014 video “Fancy”.