There's nothing like a jawdropping outfit that better captures a turning point for a future style icon (think Marilyn Monroe's flying-skirt subway moment in 1955's The Seven Year Itch). Fashion illustrator Megan Hess, whose drawings have been featured everywhere from inside Candace Bushnell's book Sex and the City to the windows of Bergdorf Goodman in New York, has just published a collection that any fashion lover will covet for her bookshelf.
The Dress: 100 Iconic Moments in Fashion ($18; amazon.com) is an ode to the most stunning garments Hess has drawn over her career: from designer pieces that have walked the Paris and London runways, to unforgettable ensembles seen on the big screen (Audrey Hepburn, above, donned the embroidered ball gown in 1954's Sabrina) and the most royal of weddings. Each illustration is accompanied by a description of the film or moment when the dress first captured our hearts and stepped into fashion history.
Scroll below for a few of Hess's exquisite illustrations featured in The Dress: 100 Iconic Moments in Fashion.
Lady Diana Spencer wore an elegant ivory wedding gown, designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, when she became Princess Diana in 1981.
Kate Middleton wore a traditional full-sleeve gown, designed by Sarah Burton from Alexander McQueen, when she married Prince William at Westminster Abbey in 2011.
On the momentous occasion of her first presidential inaugural ball as first lady, Michelle Obama donned a one-shoulder chiffon gown designed by Jason Wu.
Who can forget the endlessly layered tulle and chiffon Versace dress that Sarah Jessica Parker wore in the finale episode of Sex and the City?
Nicole Richie’s wedding dress by Marchesa (2010) was reportedly inspired by Grace Kelly’s own wedding gown.
The Dress: 100 Iconic Moments in Fashion is available for purchase now on amazon.com.