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Top Ten Red Movie Dresses

Updated on March 12, 2016

The Top Ten Red Movies Dresses

Red is a color of passion, sexuality and fire. It also makes people's heart beat faster. People who wear red tend to want to stand out in a crowd. Red in color movie photographs beautifully so it's no wonder that films use the color so much.

This page looks at the some of the best and most memorable movie costumes that are red. The list is composed of female dresses/gowns.

List is subject to change

Audrey Hepburn as Jo Stockton in Funny Face
Audrey Hepburn as Jo Stockton in Funny Face

Number 10

Jo from Funny Face

This dress only graced the screen for a fleeting moment in a montage of other beautiful but the impact of this dress left it's mark and now it is the one the main images of the film and still remains a fashion icon .

This dress was designed Givenchy and design with Parisian Opera House in mind.

Robin Wright as Princess Buttercup from The Princess Bride
Robin Wright as Princess Buttercup from The Princess Bride

Number 9

Buttercup from The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride is a classic movie with something for everyone. It’s has many beautiful costume but the one the heroine wears the most is a red riding habit. It maybe casual but it beautiful and graceful.

Costume designed by Phyllis Dalton

Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward from Pretty Women
Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward from Pretty Women

Number 8

Vivian from Pretty Women

In Pretty Women, Julia Robert’s character Vivian, dons a beautiful off-shoulder red floor length gown to signify her transformation into a sophisticated woman

Costume designed by Marilyn Vance. Vance was the one who made this dress red the studio wanted it black.

Catherine Zeta-Jones as Elena from the Mask of Zorro
Catherine Zeta-Jones as Elena from the Mask of Zorro

Number 7

Elena from The Mask of Zorro

This one maybe a cheat since only the upper portion is red but this dress fits the character's fiery personality and fits the scene perfectly that it had to be on the list.

Just watch the scene.

In the scene Elena, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, dance with Zorro who is playing at being a noble. He dances with her to get the attention of her father. The dance is smoldering. Elena costume is a red upper portions and black skirt.

Costume designed by Graciela Mazon

Isabelle Adjani as Margot from La Reine Margot
Isabelle Adjani as Margot from La Reine Margot

Number 6

Margot from La Reine Margot

Based on Alexander Dumas book, La Reine Margot is about young princess who is forced to marry the Huguenot King of Navarre.

This stunning red gown is the reluctant Margot's wedding gown. The fabric has a bold floral pattern, a high neckline with lace collar, puff sleeve and pearls.

Costume designed by Moidele Bickel

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

Number 5

Satine from Moulin Rouge

Satine's Red Bustle dress has the silhouette style and fitted v-neckline that were popular in the 1890. Though it has a modern that harken to classic Hollywood bombshells. The dress was made from red silk that was dyed to work with Kidman's red locks.

Costume designed by Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie

Winona Ryder as Mina with Gary Oldman as Dracula from  Bram Strker's Dracula
Winona Ryder as Mina with Gary Oldman as Dracula from Bram Strker's Dracula

Number 4

Mina from Bram Strker's Dracula

Mina Murray (Winona Ryder) wears this stunning red bustle gown when she meets with Dracula. It has a v-neckline with bow line detail that adorn it, the bodice and the waistline. The sleeve reach the elbow and flair out into a bell. But the star of this gown is the bustle which is an of explosion of pleated and ruffles.

Costume Designed by Eiko Ishioka

Liv Tyler as Arwen from Lord of the Rings
Liv Tyler as Arwen from Lord of the Rings

Number 3

Arwen's Blood Dress from The Lord of the Rings, Return of the King

Lord of the Rings is filled with tons of beautiful costume but the one to showcase Arwen in promotions for the films is what is called "The Blood Dress." The name is attributed to the gorgeous velvet bell sleeve. The costume is composed of a red underdress with gold embroidery and a dark burgundy over dress. Both dresses have scoop neckline.

The costume Designer also called this dress the "dying frock."

Costume designed by Ngila Dickson.

The Jump Dress from Titanic
The Jump Dress from Titanic

Number 2

Rose's Jump Dress from Titanic

The Jump dress from Titanic is one the most popular costumes in the movie. This is the gown Rose is wearing when she tries to commit suicide and is saved by Jack.

The dress is a perfect example of Edwardian high fashion. It's compose of low square neckline, black chiffon tiers, beading and a train. It is one most reproduced dresses from the movie.

Costume designed Deborah L. Scott

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

Number 1

Scarlett's Red party Gown from Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Winds has a ton of beautiful costumes. Scarlett wears to Ashley birthday party but if the center of much destain after she caught in Ashley's embrace earlier that dat. Her husband, Rhett, forces her to go to the party in this gown.

The red party gown is brilliant. It is one of the most beloved costumes from the film. The is sheath gown and is compose of low off the shoulder necklines, feather detail on the dress and at the shoulders and ruby rhinestones at the neckline and scattered around the dress.

In the book Scarlett dons a green dress for this scene and the movie version of the dress was designed in green but was changed because red looks photographs better in techicolor. Plus it would have had the same impact on film.

Costume designed by Water Plunkett.

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

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      5 years ago

      What about Anna Valerious's red dress from Van Helsing?

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      Laura Brown 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I agree with your #1 choice. That dress was fabulous and one of my favourite scenes from the movie, partly just for the dress and the entrance she makes as she stands there, not quite sure of her welcome but not giving an inch either.

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      6 years ago

      I love that you have done so many lenses about costumes - I really enjoy them all :D I picked Audrey Hepburn's dress because of the way it looks on her - simply wonderful. I am also a big fan of Arwen's dress! :)

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      6 years ago

      Another gorgeous lens. Thank you.

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      7 years ago

      @anonymous: at # 4

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      7 years ago

      One movie a Red Dress played a part is is the Black and White Film Jezebel with Betty Davis. Even though that movie is shot entirely in black and white many movie patrons swore that it was in color because of the suggestive illusion that the dress was red. TCM TV host Robert Osborne states that they get many request for them to show the color version of that film because they believed they saw a red dress.

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      7 years ago

      Fantastic list, though I was a little disappointed to not see the red dress worn by Winona Ryder in Bram Stoker's Dracula. That one would have had my vote :]

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      7 years ago

      They are all sooo beautiful=)

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      7 years ago

      So many great red gowns worn by iconic roles in movies.

      Great lens!

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      7 years ago

      Red is my absolute favorite color. Love your lens :)

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      Ellen Gregory 

      7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This is a really interesting collection of red dresses and an interesting topic for a lens.

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      7 years ago

      This is a great lens - seeing the red dresses reminded me of the times when I viewed those movies. Great!!

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      rawwwwwws lm 

      7 years ago

      Women are more attractive in red, as men usually say! Great lens, beautiful and chic lens. Classy and sassy!


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