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Top Ten White Movie Dresses

Updated on October 27, 2015

Top Ten White Movie Dresses

White Costumes in a movie can mean a lot things in regards to the character. It can mean, innocence, divinity, and purity. White can be a read as few shades, from silver to iridescent.

This page focuses on the Top Ten white movie costume are for the most part are not wedding gowns. This pages also just focuses on lady costumes.

Costumes were rated by memorability and beauty. Please enjoy

List subject to change

Tami Stronach as the Child-Like Empress from the Neverending Story
Tami Stronach as the Child-Like Empress from the Neverending Story

Number# 10

The Child-like Empress from The Neverending Story

The costume of the Child-like Empress, played by Tami Stronach, is both innocent and ethereal. It has an Art Nouveau feel to it with the chiffon blouse that has some lovely lace detail. It's the perfect costume for a regal, magical yet innocent deity.

Costume Designed by Count Ul de Rico & Diemut Remy

Kate Winslet as Rose from Titanic
Kate Winslet as Rose from Titanic

Number# 9

Rose's Broading Suit from Titanic

The first time we see young Rose, played by Kate Winslet, she wearing a nautical inspired suit that has vertical and horizontal pinstripes. While the suit reads proper Edwardian lady, the contrasting strips and the pops of purple reveal a spirited young women. The scene is memorable and the suit is smart but the real star on the costume is the hat.

Costume designed Deborah L. Scott

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia from Star Wars; A New Hope
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia from Star Wars; A New Hope

Number #8

Princess Leia from Star Wars; A New Hope

The dress that Princess Leia, played by Carrie Fisher, wears in the beginning of the a New Hope is an icon. It’s the epitome of simplicity however there is edge and a sophistication to it that makes it even more memorable.

Wardrobe supervisor - Ron Beck

The Hindi wedding Gown from Moulin Rouge
The Hindi wedding Gown from Moulin Rouge

Number #7

Satine's Sari Gown from Moulin Rouge

At the Moulin Rouge, Satine, played by Nicole Kidman, performs in play that has an Indian setting and this sari inspired gown in technically her wedding gown in the play. The gown is lovely with the Indian embroidery at the bust and the hem. It has a very timeless look.

Costume designed by Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie

Emmy Rossum as Christine Daae in the Think of Gown from Phantom of the Opera
Emmy Rossum as Christine Daae in the Think of Gown from Phantom of the Opera

Number #6

Christine Daae's Think of Me Gown from The Phantom of the Opera

While the gown doesn’t work within the context of the opera that is being performed in The Phantom the Opera, there is no denying the beauty of the Think of me gown. It’s so ethereal and elegant

Inspired by a painting of Empress Elizabeth of Austria the dress is large ball gown with star burst details, blue tails in the back, puff sleeve and an off the shoulder neckline.

Costume Designed by Alexandra Byrne

Elizabeth, Empress of Austria

Natalie Portman as Queen Amidala in The Phantom Menace
Natalie Portman as Queen Amidala in The Phantom Menace

Number #5

Amidala's Parade Gown from Star Wars Episode I

At the end of Star Wars; The Phantom Menace there is a big celebration and Queen Amidala, played by Natalie Portman, wears a lovely soft gown for the occasion.

The dress it self in plain with a panel hanging off the front but what makes this costume stand-out is the soft petal detail on her cape that have an iridescent quality. The effect of the gown is fantasy sci-fi yet it very soft and elegant.

Costume design by Trisha Biggar

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

Number #4

Scarlett's Prayer Dress from Gone with the Wind

Originally Scarlett O'Hara, played by Vivien Leigh, wore a different dress for the opening scenes of Gone with the Wind (she wore the green spring dress she wears later). But Producer David O Selznick wanted to put Scarlett is something virginal and thus the white prayer dress was design. The dress it also referred to as the white Ruffle dress.

The dress is soft and girly yet very elegant. The dress is covered in ruffles but the effect it lovely and sophisticated.

Costume Designed by Walter Plunlkett

Liv Tyler as Arwen in The Lord of the Rings
Liv Tyler as Arwen in The Lord of the Rings

Number #3

Arwen's Angel Gown from The Lord of the Rings; The Fellowship of the Ring

The first we see Arwen, played by Liv Tyler, in Fellowship of the Ring she is wearing a very ethereal gown with flowing fabric that seem to radiate light.

It has a split over dress and split bell sleeves with narrow sleeves underneath. It has a scoop neckline and has some lace detail at the neckline The dress is very silvery which adds to it’s angelic grace.

Costume designed by Ngila Dickson.

Jennifer Connelly as Sarah from The Labyrith
Jennifer Connelly as Sarah from The Labyrith

Number #2

Sarah's Ball Gown from Labyrinth

I confess Sarah's Ball Gown isn't as timeless as the other but that is part of its charm. It's big, puffy and 100% pure fantasy.

The dress silver with a mother of pearl luminance, it also has gold details. It's ethereal, innocence and beautiful. And the Ballroom scene that this gown is featured in is amazing.

Costume Designed by Ellis Flyte & Brian Froud

Drew Barrymore as Danielle in Ever After
Drew Barrymore as Danielle in Ever After

Number #1

Danielle's Breath Gown from Ever After

The Breath Gown that Danielle, played by Drew Barrymore, wears in Ever After is a show stopper, it’s just stunning. Though it’s a a simple silhouette the silver color and the little detail make this gown special. The detail on the gown are seed beads, sequins, pearl, lace and trims. This Gown just looks magical on scene.

Costume Designed by Jane Law

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Jennifer Connelly as Sarah and David Bowie as Jareth in The Labyrith
Jennifer Connelly as Sarah and David Bowie as Jareth in The Labyrith

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      15 months ago

      To : anonymous

      I agree! Sarah ballgown should be #1. I also like Scarlett's prayer dress. Although, Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun should in the list too.

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      2 years ago

      You forgot about Audrey Hepburn's Sabrina ballgown and Rose's heaven dress in Titanic. Overall, good list.

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      3 years ago

      Audrey Hepburn wore some pretty white dresses. The evening gown or the horse race dress from "My Fair Lady" are memorable, as is the dress from "Sabrina." Her princess dress from "Roman Holiday" appears to be white, though I think the fabric is a pale gold. However, I think that her loveliest ball gown is the white one from the 1956 film, "War and Peace."

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      3 years ago

      While I agree with most choices, I can't help but notice that Mary Poppins white dress from "Jolly Holliday" and Marilyn Montoes white dress from Seven Year Itch should most certainly top any list of iconic white dresses in film.

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      4 years ago

      If they do it right, like ones you choose, it make an amazing statement!

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      5 years ago

      They are all stunning :)

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      5 years ago


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      6 years ago

      sarah's ballgown should be number 1!!!!!!


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