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Top Ten Black Movie Dresses

Updated on November 1, 2015

The Top Ten Movie Dresses

Black is a very elegant color. It's a color that denotes formalities. Black also suggests death, evil, sadness, maturity, mystery and power.

People always look good in black but it can be hard to showcase it on film but when it does it makes a very bold statement.

This page focuses on the Top Ten movie costume for ladies in movies that are in the shade of Black. They are ranked on beauty, memorability and how they reflect the character.

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Sophie Marceau as Anna Karenina
Sophie Marceau as Anna Karenina

Number #10

Anna Karenina (1997)

Anna Karenina played by Sophie Marceau, dons a black gown for a ball in Moscow. The Dress sets off her beauty and ellipses the youthful Kitty.

This gown from the 1997 version of Anna Karenina does this perfectly. It has a scoop neckline with bead shoulder details. It is elegant and understated while maintaining the Russian style from the 1880s.

Costume design by Maurizio Millenotti

Reese Witherspoon as Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair
Reese Witherspoon as Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair

Number #8

Becky Sharp from Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair tells the story of Becky Sharp played by Reese Witherspoon, who is an ambitious social climber during the Recency period.

In a scene where she wins over some High Society ladies by singing she wears this very dramatic gown. It has a lot of feather details along the collar and hanging off the gown. The long sleeves are sheer with a silver weave detail. It’s a dramatic gown that still feels appropriate to the period. It's an very opulent gown for a woman with an petulant personality.

Costume design by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor

Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly in Chicago
Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly in Chicago

Number #7

Velma Kelly from Chicago

All That Jazz kicks off Chicago . It’s a saucy number performed by Velma Kelly played by Catherine Zeta-Jones and the costume matches perfectly.

It’s a a glitzy costume that has a jagged hemline, a deep v-neck and lot of sparkles. It’s a very alluring outfit but is not at all vulgar.

Costume design by Colleen Atwood

Emmy Rossum as Christine Daae from the Phantom of the Opera
Emmy Rossum as Christine Daae from the Phantom of the Opera

Number #6

Christine Daae from The Phantom of the Opera

In the 2004 version of The Phantom of the Opera, Christine Daae played by Emmy Rossum visits her father's grave. She wears a somber yet elegant dress.

It's hard to make out the details of this costume but it has lace details on the neckline and cuffs. The dress seems to made out of velvet. To complete her mourning look she has a cloak and a red chiffon veil.

It's a great variation of the Victorian gothic style.

Costume design by Alexandra Byrne

Li Gong as Hatsumomo from Memoirs of a Geisha
Li Gong as Hatsumomo from Memoirs of a Geisha

Number #4

Hatsumomo from Memoirs of a Geisha

The Kimonos in Memoirs of a Geisha are not accurate but they are still lovely pieces.

No costume in Memoirs takes more artistic liberties than this play Kimono with an overcoat wore by Hatsumomo played by by Lin Gong.

The coat has velvet lining and a fur collar. It has a ton of embroidery and for a Kimono wear by a geisha it is very flashy. However it’s still a dramatic costume that is lovely to look at with the coat and the black under kimono.

Costume Design by Colleen Atwood

Nicole Kidman as Satine from Moulin Rouge
Nicole Kidman as Satine from Moulin Rouge

Number #5

Satine's Gothic Tower Dress from Moulin Rouge

One the best parts in Moulin Rouge is the Gothic Tower scene a.k.a Tango de Roxanne. Satine played by Nicole Kidman, wears a long black dress. It has an off shoulder detail that is made from red fur. This fur also goes long the hem of the dress as well.

The red details give this costume an edgy for a very dramatic and intension scene.

Costume design by Catherine Martin & Angus Strathis

Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind
Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind

Number # 3

Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind

The ending of Gone with the Wind is one of the most memorable parts of the movie. In it Scarlett played by Vivien Leigh, wears an elegant yet somber mourning gown. She wears this costume at the film finales when Rhett leaves her.

It's made of velvet and has a stand collar, shoulder cape and large cuffs on the sleeves. It's has a 1870's style bustle with a long train. It's completed by an oversize brooch.

Costume design by Walter Plunkett

Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater from Titanic
Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater from Titanic

Number #2

Rose's Dinner Dress from Titanic

One of people’s favorite scenes in Titanic is the first class dinner scene and the subsequent steerage dance.

In these scenes Rose played by Kate Winslet, wears a coral dress with beaded black chiffon overlay it that is tiered. The dress reads more black than coral on screen. Though the punch of coral does add a youthful edge. As the costume is showcase that Rose's youth and exuberant personality is hidden behind the formality and glamour of her constrictive lifestyle.

The dress features short sleeves, a square neckline and a long train.

Costume design by Deborah L Scott

Rita Hayworth as Gilda from Gilda
Rita Hayworth as Gilda from Gilda

Number #2

Gilda from Gilda

Nothing screams Femme Fatal as much as Rita Hayworth as Gilda during the famous dance scene in which Gilda tries to embarrass her husband.

This gown is a strapless gown made of black satin with a high slit and gather like detail on the side. This gown is so famous that it has it's own wiki page.

Gown designed by Jean Louis and it was inspired by the portrait of Madame X by John Singer Sargent.

Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golighty from Breakfast at Tiffany's
Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golighty from Breakfast at Tiffany's

Number #1

Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's

This simple black dress that only graces the screen for a few moment in Breakfast at Tiffany's is an icon.

This dress is the first dress that many people think of when they think of Audrey Hepburn . The dress is a simple sheath dress. It has a lovely back detail with the collar. The large pearl gives the dress a drama flair. It a very classy and iconic dress.

Costume design by Hubert de Givenchy

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Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic

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      4 years ago

      Audrey's of course - it's a classic. But Rose's dress is also so beautiful, I am glad it came 2nd :)

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      6 years ago

      great clasical costumes , it's a pitty some of them are not worn more often I think :)


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