Red Carpet To High Street | Recreating Iconic Dresses


There have been some truly memorable celebrity dresses over the past few decades. Celebrity women all over the world have shown us their style credentials with a selection of truly iconic dresses. But which of these are the most impressive? From Cher to Britney, we’re here to bring you our guide to the most iconic celebrity dresses and show you how you can recreate the looks yourself on the high street, at a fraction of the cost!

Beyonce Met Gala


We’re starting off the list with Queen B herself, an icon in both music and style. We couldn’t take our eyes off the bejeweled, sheer dress that she wore to the 2015 Met Gala. This backless, fitted Givenchy gown was complemented perfectly with colourful gems which were carefully placed all the way down to her feet. Ok, so not every event calls for a crystallised, see-through gown but there’s no reason why you can’t go for the glitz with something almost as extravagant.

To emulate Beyonce’s daring look, you should focus on the sparkle, metallic or diamante body-con dresses which will help you stand out and show off your figure in a similar manner and create an eye-catching and bold style statement. Rather than going for a completely see through material, why not take the safer option and go for a nude coloured dress that can be paired with heels and a matching clutch?


Pretty Woman Dress

Julia Roberts

As one of the world’s most celebrated film stars, Oscar winning actress Julia Roberts was bound to make the list. Having starred in many of our favourite blockbusters over the years, Julia has showcased more than a couple of beautiful dresses in her time. Perhaps the most iconic of these dresses is the off-the shoulder, red dress she wore in Pretty Woman.

Designed by Marilyn Vance-Straker, this beautiful column dress sat elegantly off the shoulder to create a gorgeous silhouette that looked timeless. So, how do you go about getting the high street version of this look? Elegance and femininity are the key elements of this look, so it’s ideal if you have a special event in your calendar. The sweetheart neckline is a classic, but you could try out a slightly shorter length for less formal events, or experiment with an asymmetric hem.

Keeping jewellery to a minimum will let the wow-factor of the dress really shine through. Chokers pair particularly well with this type of neckline and a neutral clutch bad will complete the look perfectly. Wearing your hair in an up-do will also help show off the neckline and silhouette.  


Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle

Who could forget the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Watched by over 18 million viewers in the UK alone, many of us were glued to our TV screens, hoping to catch a quick glimpse of the bride’s dress before the proceedings. In fact, however, it was Meghan’s second dress choice that truly turned heads. After the ceremony, the bride changed into a silk crepe, sleeveless gown by Stella McCartney that showed off her petite frame and it’s a style that many of us would love to have in our own collections.

You can show off your shoulders in this cute, halter neck style which can also work well as part of a two-piece set, paired with a flowing maxi skirt. Of course, you needn’t stick to a white dress. Purple is a very popular colour this season and will give off a chic and on-trend vibe when combined with a few understated pieces of jewellery. For more casual events, you could opt for a shorter skirt or one with a high/low hemline.


Britney Spears

Britney Spears

Britney Spears has been a style icon ever since her Hit Me Baby One More Time days – but it’s the dress she wore to the 2001 American Music Awards that really sticks in our minds. Back when Brit and Justin were the celebrity couple, her every fashion movement was scrutinised, with this denim look being one of the most memorable.

Styled like a ball gown, Britney’s floor length, sleeveless dress featured a metallic detailed belt and a fitted bodice. If denim is your thing or you just love alternative takes on celeb outfits, why not try out the high street version. Britney’s gown is rather formal, so you can tone it down a little by going for a more laid-back shirt style dress in a light denim. Pairing with a waist belt will pull you in in just the right places for a sexy yet glam night out look.

Why not opt for a fitted, mini style paired with a good pair of stiletto heels. Or go for a shift dress in black denim with thinner straps to achieve a blend of high fashion denim style and low-maintenance.


Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez 

The 42nd Grammy Awards in 2000 left the fashion world speechless, when JLo stepped out in this stunning silk dress. The gown, designed by Donatella Versace, featured what is possible one of the most daring plunge necklines ever seen on a celebrity, plunging all the way down to the singer’s navel and secured with a sparkling brooch.

The press went wild for this innovative design. According to former Google chairman, Eric Schmidt, it was the most popular search query ever at the time and even led to the creation of Google Images! Noted by many as a turning point in Versace’s career, copying this iconic look is easy.

This is a look that can flatter any body shape and it’s easy to achieve with a silk chiffon dress. It’s good to go for an asymmetric style if you want to recreate the daring appeal of the original. Sticking with bold colours will ensure that all eyes are on you for the night. Of course, you don’t have to go for a plunge neckline as deep as JLo’s! A V-neck cut will work just as well if you’re wanting to show a bit less skin.




Celebrity icon and lover of all things glam, Cher certainly lived up to her reputation at the 1986 Academy Awards ceremony. The much-loved singer and actress presented the Best Supporting Actor award in a stunning black, jewel encrusted two-piece, complete with feathered headpiece by Bob Mackie. The figure hugging maxi skirt and grid patterned bralette was a very daring choice for the Oscars and has gone down in history as one of the most memorable celeb outfits of the last few decades.

Confidence really is key if you’re trying to capture the real essence of this look. Show off your curves by pairing a side-split skirt with a matching bralette, or opt for a maxi dress with cut out details around the midriff. You don’t have to get your own crown of feathers for this one, you can swap for a simpler piece, such as a diamante headband and add your own touch of glam with a pair of bejeweled stiletto heels.

Cher added a touch of sophistication to her outfit by adding a loose fitted jacket, you can get the same effect with a batwing kimono.

What’s your favourite dress out of these iconic dresses? Let me know in the comments below.


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