Since the dawn of cinema, party dresses have been a frequent choice for movie directors and costume designers. From Audrey Hepburn’s iconic Little Black Dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Lady Gaga’s exaggeratedly huge pink gown in A Star is Born, moviegoers are often left with lasting memories of the dresses seen on screen. Let’s take a look at some of the most memorable party dresses from recent films.
The Favourite (2018): This period piece tells the story of Queen Anne and her two courtiers, Abigail and Sarah. While there are many beautiful costumes throughout this film, one scene stands out as truly memorable—Abigail’s yellow dress. The dress is an exquisite ballgown made of silk chiffon with intricate beading. It features an off-the-shoulder neckline, long sleeves, and a wide skirt with layers of ruffles. It is truly a sight to behold!
Not only are they proving that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, but they are also inspiring women to embrace their curves and feel confident in their own skin. It’s refreshing to see celebrities like Rebel Wilson, Melissa McCarthy and LIzzo embrace their bodies while wearing gorgeous dresses on the red carpet. This has encouraged designers to create more fabulous plus size dresses that make curvy women feel both comfortable and glamorous.
Crazy Rich Asians (2018): This romantic comedy follows Rachel Chu as she travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family for the first time. One key scene takes place at a lavish wedding where Rachel wears a stunning blue dress with a plunging neckline and full tulle skirt. This dress is beautifully crafted and gives Rachel an air of confidence that helps her navigate this unfamiliar world that she has been thrust into.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018): This sequel to Mamma Mia! brings back some familiar faces along with new characters such as Sophie Sheridan, played by Amanda Seyfried. As expected from any Mamma Mia! movie, all the characters wear gorgeous party dresses throughout the film but nothing compares to Sophie’s red dress near the end of the movie. The dress is strapless with an off-the-shoulder overlay and features intricate floral embroidery on its bodice. It’s no wonder why it’s become one of the most popular sexy dresses from recent films! Vogue’s guide to the best on-screen party dresses wouldn’t be complete without Diana Ross. The singer was already established as a acclaimed actress (after playing Billie Holiday in the highly-successful 1972 film Lady Sings the Blues, when she took the part of Tracy Chambers, a struggling fashion design student on course to becoming a fashion designer. Ross’s wardrobe naturally didn’t disappoint – serving up an epic, embellished kimono-sleeve gown that we’d like to borrow this party season.
From bright yellows to dark blues, there have been no shortage of memorable party dresses onscreen over the past few years. Whether they are helping further along plotlines or just providing eye candy for viewers, these evening gowns have certainly made their mark in cinematic history! Next time you watch one of these movies take note; you just might find yourself looking up similar styles afterwards!