A selection of iconic and avant-garde dresses that defy time and fashion!

SPECIAL DRESSES: From cinema to perfect wardrobes

If countless of the iconic dresses in the history of fashion have become so through pleasing cinematic works, the most avant-garde fashion houses and designers assure it: dresses are the spearhead of allure, fashion, and the ideal canvas to revolutionize times.

In the history of fashion, countless dresses have become iconic through pleasant cinematic works. The most avant-garde fashion houses and designers assure it: dresses are the spearhead of allure, fashion, and the ideal canvas to revolutionize times.

And it is indeed a Givenchy piece inspired by the most iconic of movie dresses that opens this selection of timeless dresses in 2022. As newly-named artistic director of the house of Givenchy, Matthew Williams introduces this season a black strapless dress inspired by that of Audrey Hepburn in the movie myth that is Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

An iconic dress of the Givenchy collection, through which the artistic director’s creative spirit can be read.


In the post-modern archives of Parisian houses, the red Balenciaga draped dress catches the eye. Imagined by Demna Gvasalia, the current artistic director, the draped dress, cut in spandex, honors the codes established by Cristobal Balenciaga himself. First, there is its color, red.

Cristóbal Balenciaga takes this red from flamenco – a dramatic, tragic but stunning hue. Also, and most importantly, it is from the costume of Spanish clerics that Balenciaga borrows the lines, volume, and character of one of his most iconic creations.” Many of the evening ensembles he presented in the 1960s are reminiscent of some of the most solemn vestments of the ecclesiastical body, almost identical to those depicted by Zuloaga in his Castilian paintings,” reads the reference book Cristóbal Balenciaga: The Forge of the Master, written by Miren Arzallus.

Then there is the absolute mastery of the material, of which only the Balenciaga workshops are capable.


As the creative mind behind the designs, Virginie Viard offers a 2022 version as close as possible to that imagined by Coco Chanel. It is a dress in velvet jersey, Chanel’s flagship material, and black lace that dresses the Chanel woman in 2022. A chic dress that rekindles the Chanel-Mademoiselle revolution, which, during the 1920s, imposed black as the color of modern elegance.


At Christian Dior, we spin the rich heritage in dresses around a seasonal piece. A mid-length dress cut in wool tweed, bearing the iconic gray color. What makes this dress so special is the asymmetrical waist: a reference to Christian Dior, fascinated by the architecture of the body with the waist as the tipping point of its seam!

© Christian Dior

Versace knows how to cause a sensation and mark spirits. Over twenty years ago, the house designed the Safety Pin dress: a bold and peculiar dress worn by Elizabeth Hurley in May 1994 during the world premiere of Four Weddings & a Funeral.


Prada offers a timeless dress that conveys its Italian and Greek DNA. A nylon mini-dress cut in Miuccia Prada’s favorite shape.


As a popular design from Kim Jones’ latest collection for Fendi, the Fendi white chiffon dress is one of the most dreamy of the season. A seductive and allured piece.


Alessandro Michele at Gucci distills his fascination with nature into an ethereal dress, where lace offers a romantic and sensual vision. A dress that belongs to the Gucci Love Parade collection – the one that celebrates the key pieces of the Gucci house.


The house of Saint Laurent, led by Anthony Vaccarello’s creative direction, offers a seductive design. A long dress whose hips are heightened to free the silhouette – a dress in satin crepe and lace which, in this long V-neck, let us delve into all the audacity of the YSL signature.

© Saint Laurent

Under Nicolas Ghesquière’s direction, the Louis Vuitton dress in gold tweed takes on the allure of the ultimate popular dress. “This minimalist short dress makes a statement this season thanks to the collection’s light, highly textured, and shiny gold tweed. Its round neck and armholes are trimmed with feminine bronze-colored ruching, while an exposed back zipper keeps it in the zeitgeist,” the house deftly describes.


Even more avant-garde, the Ly/Cu dress by Yohji Yamamoto demonstrates the Japanese designer’s mastery of combining Japanese codes with Parisian chic.


At Rick Owens, we spot an experimental and sensual dress on the catwalk of Fall / Winter 2022. A sheath dress cut for a new era in a cupro jersey – a biodegradable and 100% vegetable cupro fiber made from cotton waste. The result? A lightweight stretch-draped jersey dress!


Among the most pop designers, we note the dress Glove print in velvet Loewe. A design that purely conveys Jonathan Anderson’s DNA, the artistic director of the Spanish house.


At Jil Sander, it is the trapeze dress with a fantastic fold that finds its place in this dress selection. A creation signed by the duo at the head of the house, Lucie and Luke Meier – a piece absolutely in tune with its time!


Finally, this selection ends with a design from Marine Serre’s collection. It is a unique piece that meets the ecological needs of the time, without curbing its search for popularity.

“This unique long sleeve t-shirt dress is regenerated from 8 upcycled cotton t-shirts. It features a centrepiece, gathered front and back, that follows the anatomical shapes of the body. The volume pops at the hips, deepens to sculpt the pockets, and sports a heightened silhouette that highlights the bold mix of graphic prints.”

© marine serre

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