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24 of the most iconic fashion moments in film

From Audrey Hepburn window shopping at Tiffany’s to Diana Ross owning the catwalk, these are the double-take film moments that will never go out of style. By GEORGIA SIMMONDS

Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde
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Bonnie and Clyde, 1967

Your wardrobe called: it’s in need of a beret and a neckerchief because they make Faye Dunaway look like a goddess.

Keira Knightley in Atonement
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Atonement, 2007

Our favorite Keira Knightley outfit ever. Yes, that includes the football kit in Bend It Like Beckham.

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
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Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961

A little black Givenchy goes a long way… The image of Audrey Hepburn in this now-iconic dress is a perennial style reference for a very good reason.

Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw in Love Story
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Love Story, 1970

The truth of Love Story’s famous quote, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”, is debatable, but the brilliance of Ali MacGraw’s preppy ’70s style is not up for discussion.

Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra
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Cleopatra, 1963

When you need to (and it happens to us all), channel Elizabeth Taylor as the ruler of Egypt in plenty of gold.

L-R: Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker and Winona Ryder in Heathers
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Heathers, 1988

OK, so they had some behavioral issues, but when it comes to color blocking (even the balls match their outfits in the Heathers’ croquet game), these girls are model pupils.

Diana Ross in Mahogany
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Mahogany, 1975

Apparently, the ever-stylish Solange Knowles screened this movie for guests ahead of her 2014 wedding to music video director Alan Ferguson. Well, the inimitable Diana Ross playing Tracy, a woman conquering the fashion industry, is everything.

L-R: Jeff Conaway, Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta and Stockard Channing in Grease
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Grease, 1978

True, some prefer Michelle Pfeiffer’s biker-chic take on the Pink Lady aesthetic in Grease 2, but there’s no doubting Olivia Newton-John’s second-skin pants moment is iconic.

Melanie Griffith in Working Girl
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Working Girl, 1988

Thank you Melanie Griffith/Tess McGill for staking a claim on the power suit.

Sean Young in Blade Runner
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Blade Runner, 1982

We’re willing to venture that Sean Young as android Rachael is the most stylish robot we’ve ever seen. The immaculate tailoring clinches it.

Stacey Dash and Alicia Silverstone in Clueless
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Clueless, 1995

Cher and Dionne: making Halloween outfits and catchphrases cool since 1995.

Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in Out of Africa
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Out of Africa, 1985

Who knew putty-colored linens and khaki tailoring could look so fabulous? Of course Meryl Streep schooled us in their worthiness.

Rosanna Arquette and Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan
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Desperately Seeking Susan, 1985

Leggings, blazers, visible underwear, stacks of bangles and paint-box-bright colors have never looked so good.

Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman
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Pretty Woman, 1990

There are a few worthy fashion moments in this film (that short suit is so SS19), but we’ll never stop wanting to wear a red floor-length gown to the opera. Mortgage-equivalent rubies and diamonds wouldn’t go amiss either.

John Travolta and Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction
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Pulp Fiction, 1994

Soundtracked by You Never Can Tell by Chuck Berry, the only thing better than Uma Thurman and John Travolta’s moves in the infamous dance scene is Thurman’s oversized shirt and ankle-grazing pants.

Angela Bassett in What's Love Got to Do with It
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What’s Love Got to Do with It, 1993

In an array of glittering costumes that require your full attention, Angela Bassett as Tina Turner is as fabulous as you would expect.

Sharon Stone in Casino
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Casino, 1995

Note to self/the entire world: Nothing says ‘living my best life’ like a gold sequined dress.

Gwyneth Paltrow in The Talented Mr. Ripley
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The Talented Mr. Ripley, 1999

Be your best self at the beach by channeling Gwyneth Paltrow as Marge Sherwood – retro-Riviera-style is always elegant.

Kate Hudson in Almost Famous
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Almost Famous, 2000

I’m-with-the-band chic doesn’t get more covetable than Kate Hudson as Penny Lane in that shearling coat.

Gemma Chan in Crazy Rich Asians
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Crazy Rich Asians, 2018

Gemma Chan successfully steals the dazzling opening sequence of Crazy Rich Asians in light-pink Christian Dior.

L-R: Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae in Hidden Figures
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Hidden Figures, 2016

Proving that Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe are forces to be reckoned with whatever decade you put them in, the trio help put humankind in space and nail understated 1960s elegance.

Julianne Moore in A Single Man
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A Single Man, 2009

When Tom Ford is directing, great costumes are kind of a given, but we awarded extra marks for Julianne Moore’s scene-stealing Charley who makes a strong case for statement earrings.

Natalie Portman in Black Swan
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Black Swan, 2010

We have Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte to thank for transforming Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis into otherworldly ballerinas and making tulle totally appealing.

Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch
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The Seven Year Itch, 1955

Whether you’ve seen the film or not, the image of The Girl (played by Marilyn Monroe) in her fluttering white halter dress is shorthand for the playful glamour that the star is legendary for.

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