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'100 Unforgettable Dresses' Worn By Princess Diana, Julia Roberts, Tilda Swinton And More

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In the foreword of Hal Rubenstein's "100 Unforgettable Dresses," Lanvin Creative Director Alber Elbaz states that "a memorable dress has to do more than merely look amazing. It's not just three yards of fabric or a sketch f a front and a back. Into that dress you have to weave enough allure and mystery to excite and transform the most integral factor in making a dress unforgettable: the woman who is wearing it."

Thus, the text no only works through the history of gorgeous, wonderful dresses, but the important women. Scottish actress Tilda Swinton is shown wearing one of Elbaz's designs for Lanvin in the collection. Not only is the dress itself exquisite, but Hal Rubenstein, the fashion director of InStyle writes that the entire ensemble is made by "the high contrast of her pale skin, red hair, and black velvet, accentuated by the juxtaposition of one bare white arm against the other cloaked in a densely furrowed sleeve and cuffed by a wide jagged swath of Damiani diamonds." Sarah Jessica Parker has an entire section devoted to her fashion achievements, comparing her on-and-off screen style statements. Rubenstein writes, "In Sex and The City, Carrie, costumed by Patricia Field, is dressed to make a statement, get a laugh, tug at a heart. The clothes were tools. But off-screen, Parker would rather make a splash than make a point."

Who else made the cut? Iconic women, such as Elizabeth Hurley in a safety-pin Versace dress, Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman" and Princess Diana at her wedding. Take a peek in our gallery below for a preview of "100 Unforgettable Dresses."

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