Most iconic celebrity dresses from the last 30 years

Now that events are back in full swing and our favourite celebrities have returned to the red carpet mask-free, we’ve seen many famous faces showcase some pretty unforgettable dresses.

From Rihanna’s incredible pregnancy looks to Kim Kardashian’s most recent Met Gala ensemble, not to mention the dresses we're about to see at the BAFTAs this weekend.

From former Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell’s Union Jack ensemble to Princess Diana’s revenge dress, we’re taking a trip down memory lane to show you some of the most iconic dresses from the last 30 years – and one of them is the reason Google images exists.

The most iconic celebrity dresses ever

Geri Halliwell's Union Jack dress

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Of course, the first place has to go to Geri Halliwell’s Union Jack dress worn at the 1997 Brit Awards. How many times have we seen this look replicated as fancy dress? Loads.

Geri admitted that her iconic frock was in fact a £5 tea towel on a Gucci dress, and that she very nearly didn't wear the look on stage due to some doubts, but we're very happy that she did.

Princess Diana's revenge dress

Next up, it had to be a member of the Royal Family. Princess Diana wore her all-black silk frock in 1994, and the dress is now better known as "the revenge dress".

The princess wore said frock the same evening that Prince Charles went on national television to admit to his affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, and it has since been named one of the most iconic dresses worn by a celeb.

Liz Hurley's safety pin dress

Liz Hurley went from Hugh Grant’s plus one to a nineties style icon after wearing this Versace safety pin dress in 1994. You could argue that her career really took off after this moment. She reportedly struggled to get a designer to loan her a dress for this occasion, because they didn't know who she was.

Thankfully Versace came to the rescue and was the only fashion house who replied to her request. The favour ended up paying off for both sides and it's one of Versace's most recognisable looks to date.

Jennifer Lopez's green Versace dress

JLo caught the worlds attention when she appeared at the 2000 Grammy Awards wearing this green Versace number. According to former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, it became the most popular search at the time which brought about the birth of Google Images. Thank goodness for JLo.

The pop star later revived the look as a surprise guest at the spring/summer 2020 Versace show, and the Internet went wild for it all over again.

Lady Gaga's meat dress

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Lady Gaga has really been on a style journey throughout her career, hitting an extreme peak when she attended the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards by wearing a dress made entirely from Argentinian beef. The dress was not only a huge fashion statement we will never forget, it also made a political statement, referencing Gaga's speech "The Prime Rib of America" against the US military’s "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy regarding sexuality at the time.

And if you’re wondering where this dress is now (no it wasn’t put back on the butcher's shelf), it sits in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after being preserved by a taxidermist.

Kim Kardashian as Marilyn Monroe

We couldn’t do a piece on iconic outfits without mentioning Marilyn Monroe’s "Happy Birthday Mr President" dress, which Kim Kardashian wore to this year's Met Gala.

The reality star completely stole the show by wearing the sensational nude floor length fitted frock, which is embellished with 6,000 crystals. She did however have to take it off after the red carpet as it was such a fragile piece, switching it for a replica for the rest of the evening.

Angelina Jolie's velvet gown

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Angelina Jolie made history at the Oscars in 2012 as she posed up a storm in a black floor length velvet gown, which featured a thigh high split. We know, sounds like a pretty normal red carpet dress, doesn’t it?

However, it was her pose that got everyone talking. Angelina taught everyone how to do the iconic leg pose best known as the leg bomb, which caught everyone's attention immediately. Since then, many celebs, including herself, have recreated the pose on various occasions.

Rihanna's 5 kilo Met Gala dress

In 2015, Rihanna graced the famous stairs at the Met Gala in a yellow extravaganza and it really is one of the most iconic looks ever from the esteemed event. The frock was by Chinese designer Guo Pei and weighed in at five kilos, taking over 6,000 hours to make.

A major reason the dress will be well remembered isn’t just because it was a stunning masterpiece, but because it was compared to an omelette in many a meme, and is now often referred to as Rihanna’s omelette dress. Poor RiRi.

Beyoncé's mustard Hold Up gown

Isn’t everything Beyoncé wears iconic, we hear you ask? There is one frock that the world went particularly wild for and that’s her mustard dress by Roberto Cavalli, worn in the music video for Hold Up. The director insisted on a yellow dress from day one and of course, it worked perfectly.

Her stylist had less than a week to get her hands on every yellow dress she had ever laid eyes on for consideration. But it was the Cavalli dress, which arrived a day late on set, that turned out to be the winner and completely stole the show in the video.

So there you have it! We're already looking forward to seeing some more iconic fashion moments on and off the red carpet.

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