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.
The one that started it all. Not this statue of Athena, specifically, but the classical drapery depicted here.
Meet Madame Grès, the French couturier known for her intricately wrapped and pleated dresses.
Grace Kelly in High Society. See the resemblance?
Jackie Kennedy in Oleg Cassini...
Seen in detail here.
Yeah, you can rag on this movie all you want, but Liz Taylor's Cleopatra costumes—all 65 of them—were *flawless.*
This one too.
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.
This Giambattista Valli checks all the boxes: one shoulder, yards and yards of fabric, made for an epic entrance.
Prada's interpretation, made even better by Lupita Nyong'o's expert twirling.
What a goddess. (Jessica Chastain in Elie Saab Couture.)
And that brings us up to today, with this gorgeousness.