A luxury dress is the forbidden dream of almost every woman. We are talking about those prestigious dresses designed and signed by the world’s major fashion designers that are not only a guarantee of class, elegance and sophistication, but also represent a very precise status symbol that stands for exclusivity, refinement and richness.
Wearing a luxury dress means being able to show off a true sartorial jewel that is a symbol of the creative vision and excellent craftsmanship of the great Maisons of haute couture fashion and be assured of owning an exclusive and elite piece.
Let’s see how the concept of „haute couture” was born and what are the current and future trends in luxury clothes.
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Haute couture: the concept of luxury clothes originated in the 1800s
Haute couture was born around 1800 in France with the figure of Charles Frédérick Worth, considered the first fashion designer in history. He was the one who introduced the concept of seasonality related to clothing, with new collections marked by social events, but also gave fashion an extremely high value, with garments that dressed the most important female figures of the time.
This concept of haute couture remained unchanged until the early decades of the 1900s, with new emerging names, new Maisons, and new trends that started making their way around the world and becoming sought-after trends for all influential women.
After a halt due to World War II, it was a few still-unknown designers who brought new life to haute couture and again gave the dream of style to women around the world, with prestigious fashion collections that were immediately recognized as masterpieces to be worn.
Between the 1950s and 1960s world-famous designers began to establish themselves even today, whose incredible tailoring skills, perfection in every detail, and iconic luxury dress designs took the stage and took fashion to the next level.
Today these historic maisons continue their path in high fashion and stand out in the exclusive circle of Haute Couture for the uniqueness of the luxury clothes created each year and tailor-made.
The 5 most beautiful luxury dresses ever
Luxury clothes are the perfect fusion of fashion and art, made by the joint and creative work of tailors and designers to create true masterpieces. These are dresses that enter history and, season after season, condition fashion, influence generations and rightfully take a place of honor in memory as iconic pieces.
Among the most famous luxury dresses ever, we cannot fail to mention the ivory white dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch. A light cocktail dress in the style of 1950s and 1960s fashion, it featured a pleated fabric bodice, plunging neckline, waist band and long pleated skirt.
Still on the subject of Hollywood stars, how can we not mention Audrey Hepburn and the fancy dress she wore to the Oscars in 1954, which has become one of the most iconic ever: a long white flapper dress with floral detailing and rich embroidery, cinched at the waist with a fitted portion of fabric and a boat neckline.
Then there is the luxury dress Lady Diana wore to a dinner at the White House: a blue mermaid, velvet gown with draping and humeral neckline, later sold at auction in 2019.
Also joining the list of history’s top luxury dresses is Angelina Jolie’s memorable pearl-white satin gown with red lapels, shaped like a Greek peplum, worn at the 2012 Golden Globes awards ceremony.
Finally, we finish off this list with a record-breaking dress, the one worn by Nicole Kidman for the 1997 Oscars: the gold-green silk sheath dress with a neckline reminiscent of oriental fashions; it became one of the most talked about and remembered dresses in history.
Luxury clothes: the new trend called Quiet Luxury
Like any ” trend”, that of luxury fashion also changes and modifies. Today, there is a new trend that has been all the rage on the runways of the collections for the upcoming winter season 2023/2024, and it aims to reverse the trend by offering luxury, yes, but in a more „quiet” version.
Quiet Luxury fashion therefore gives luxury a new look, more basic and less flashy, in favor of more minimal, refined and discreet luxury dresses, which do not openly show their exclusivity, but whisper it with prestigious details and details. Without being too conspicuous then, but keeping their quietly precious charm intact.