10 Moments from Fashion History That Led Up to Amal Clooney's Cannes Dress

It was a long time in the making.

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When Amal Clooney stepped onto the red carpet in Cannes on Thursday wearing a one-shoulder Atelier Versace dress, there was no doubt a Fashion Event had occurred. But these don't just spontaneously generate—here, a miniature, completely biased history lesson on all the other, equally memorable moments that culminated with this one.

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<p>The one that started it all. Not this statue of Athena, specifically, but the classical drapery depicted here.  </p>
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2nd Century

The one that started it all. Not this statue of Athena, specifically, but the classical drapery depicted here.

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<p>Meet Madame Grès, the French couturier known for her intricately wrapped and pleated dresses. </p>
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1952

Meet Madame Grès, the French couturier known for her intricately wrapped and pleated dresses.

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<p> Grace Kelly in <em>High Society</em>. See the resemblance? </p>
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1956

Grace Kelly in High Society. See the resemblance?

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<p>Jackie Kennedy in Oleg Cassini... </p>
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1962

Jackie Kennedy in Oleg Cassini...

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<p>Seen in detail here.</p>
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1962

Seen in detail here.

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<p>Yeah, you can rag on this movie all you want, but Liz Taylor's Cleopatra costumes—all 65 of them—were *flawless.*</p>
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1963

Yeah, you can rag on this movie all you want, but Liz Taylor's Cleopatra costumes—all 65 of them—were *flawless.*

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<p>This one too. </p>
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1963

This one too.

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<p>Amal's dress = definitely a direct descendant from this vintage number Kate Moss wore to a birthday party, then replicated for her Topshop collaboration later on. </p>
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2003

Amal's dress = definitely a direct descendant from this vintage number Kate Moss wore to a birthday party, then replicated for her Topshop collaboration later on.

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<p>This Giambattista Valli checks all the boxes: one shoulder, yards and yards of fabric, made for an epic entrance. </p>
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2012

This Giambattista Valli checks all the boxes: one shoulder, yards and yards of fabric, made for an epic entrance.

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<p>Prada's interpretation, made even better by Lupita Nyong'o's expert twirling. </p>
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2014

Prada's interpretation, made even better by Lupita Nyong'o's expert twirling.

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<p>What a goddess. (Jessica Chastain in Elie Saab Couture.)</p>
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2014

What a goddess. (Jessica Chastain in Elie Saab Couture.)

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<p>And that brings us up to today, with this gorgeousness. </p>
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2016

And that brings us up to today, with this gorgeousness.

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