Celebrity Culture: 17 of the most iconic dresses of all time

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Celebrity Culture: 17 of the most iconic dresses of all time

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Some of the most iconic dresses have been worn on red carpets.

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  • From on-screen gowns to red-carpet dresses, many styles that have been worn by celebrities are now pretty famous.
  • For a variety of reasons, these dresses have stood the test of time and continue to be referenced by pop-culture enthusiasts and fashion lovers alike.
  • From Lady Gaga’s meat dress to J-Lo’s plunge-neckline Versace gown, here are some of the most iconic dresses of all time.
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Countless dresses have made their debut on the red carpet and on the big screen over the years, but only a select few have stood the test of time and made their mark in the annals of fashion.

Whether they’ve inspired memes, set off trends, or kept fashion lovers and designers alike coming back to them time and time again, there’s no denying that these numbers have made a place for themselves in the style history books.

From Lady Gaga’s stab at meat couture to Audrey Hepburn’s memorable “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” frock, here are some of the most iconic dresses of all time

Celebrity Culture: Back in 2000, Jennifer Lopez “broke the internet” with her plunging Versace number at the Grammy Awards.

The dress has made quite an impact on the fashion world.

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When Jennifer Lopez walked the red carpet in this semi-sheer, leaf-print gown with a plunging neckline, she made fashion history and supposedly sparked a major tech advancement, too.

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt once said that the iconic dress inspired the invention of Google’s image-search feature.

“[Google users] wanted more than just text. This first became apparent after the 2000 Grammy Awards, where Jennifer Lopez wore a green dress that, well, caught the world’s attention,” Schmidt wrote in an essay published in January 2015. “At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen. But we had no surefire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: J.Lo wearing that dress. Google Image Search was born.'”

She later wore various versions of this gown’s iconic pattern for her music video for “I Luh Ya, Papi” and during a free concert for her fans in 2014.

Celebrity Culture: In 2011, Kate Middleton’s Alexander-McQueen wedding gown made fashion history.

Kate Middleton’s dress had a very long train.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William’s April 2011 wedding was memorable in its own right, but one of the most exciting moments from the day was when the soon-to-be duchess debuted her gown.

Custom-designed by designer Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Middleton’s wedding gown featured handmade lace details and a 9-foot-long train. The dress was also paired with custom heels and a borrowed Cartier tiara.

A few months after the wedding, Middleton’s gown was featured in a special exhibit in Buckingham Palace.

Celebrity Culture: Lady Gaga said she wore raw meat to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards to make a political statement.

The shoes were meaty, too.

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Although the design had many scratching their heads, the “Shallow” songstress said that the controversial number was meant to protest a US military policy.

Per Vogue UK, Lady Gaga said her look was referring to a speech she’d made called “The Prime Rib of America.” In it, she urged the US military to abandon its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which prevented gay, lesbian, and bisexual soldiers from serving openly in the military.

In a later interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Lady Gaga explained, “As you know, I’m the most judgment-free human being on the Earth. It has many interpretations, but for me this evening it’s [saying], ‘If we don’t stand up for what we believe in, if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones.'”

Celebrity Culture: You’ve probably seen Marilyn Monroe’s windblown white dress dozens of times.

This moment was created for a film.

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