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03/09/2012 16:19 | By Jess Edwards, editor, MSN Her
What makes a dress iconic?

The top eight most iconic dresses of all time

Marilyn Monroe, Julia Roberts (© Buena Vist Everett, Rex Features)
  • Marilyn Monroe, Julia Roberts (© Buena Vist Everett, Rex Features)
  • The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William
  • Halle Berry (© Laura Raucha, Press Association Images)
  • Jennifer Lopez (© Kevork Djansezian, AP, Press Association)
  • Gwyneth Paltrow (© Dave Caulkin, AP, Press Association Images)
  • Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman (© Buena Vist Everett, Rex Features)
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Marilyn Monroe
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We can all recall some of the most show-stopping, iconic dresses of all time. Simply close your eyes and I'm sure you can picture Marilyn's white dress in The Seven Year Itch or Gwyneth's candy-floss pink dress at the Oscars. But what is it about these dresses that make them such timeless pieces of fashion history?

Leading style psychologist Kate Nightingale takes us through her pick of the most iconic dresses in history with exclusive commentary on what makes each dress so special.

Kate says, 'Looking back through the history of fashion, the common factor among the iconic outfits that stick in our minds is colour and vibrancy. From Julia Roberts' rags-to-riches red dress in Pretty Women to that daring green dress J-Lo wore at the Grammys, the Hollywood A-list knows exactly how impactful colour can be when it comes to grabbing attention.'

Take a look through our gallery to see which famous dresses made the cut.

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