From a selection by Marie Claire’s Suzannah Ramsdale, Amsterdam Fashion TV presents 50 groundbreaking dresses that changed fashion and captured a moment in time.
These are 5 dresses that changed the fashion world forever…
The Galaxy dress needs no explanation. It has been described as the most recognisable dress of the last decade. Launched in the designer’s autumn/winter 2005 collection, it was then spotted on anyone who was anyone. The secret to its success? The lining is made from a tough, stretchy fabric called Powerflex, which seems to help flatter every woman in every shape.
Was this the moment VB ascended from fake-tanned WAG to a bona fide fashion designer? It’s hard to tell, but as soon as the fash pack laid eyes on the star’s debut collection any doubts (and there were major doubts) were laid to rest. Critics used words like ‘beautiful, ‘desirable’ and ‘classy’ to describe the range. And a high-end designer was born.
The Hollywood actress put Prada on the map when she opted to wear one of the fashion house’s creations to the 1995 Oscars. Up until that night the brand was much more low key than it is today.
Galliano redefined the bias-cut dress in the ’90s, making the famous 1930s silhouette absolutely his own. The cut meant the dress sat closely on the model’s figure, and the designer himself once said he used to rub the models before they went onto the catwalk, so the fabric clung to them like a second skin. In 1997, Anna Wintour stated: ‘The bias-cut slip dress really became a symbol of what women wore at night… and that was John, completely John.’
This dress pretty much sums up the ’90s clubbing scene for us. In December 1994, a young Kate Moss wore a gold barely-there slip dress by Liza Bruce on a photo shoot with I-D magazine. Later that month, she rocked the very same style, in silver, with no bra – for a night out with her fellow super, Naomi Campbell. And a rock and roll party Queen was born.
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