Movie Article

The Dress Test

We survey and rank which gorgeous gowns could ascend to the Fashion Hall of Fame

ODDS 3—2
Nicole Kidman
Australia
The actress' wardrobe is just as striking as the Australian vistas in this epic. And her luxe cheongsam, worn in a crucial party scene, could give the Chinese dress its biggest boost since the '90s.

ODDS 2—1
Kristen Stewart
Twilight
If fans of the vamp saga can peel their eyes off dreamy Edward for a second, they'll also fall in love with Bella's sweet prom look. Expect to see variations in school gyms everywhere next spring.

ODDS 7—2
Cate Blanchett
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Blanchett's ballerina will dazzle in a certain crimson number with its graceful silhouette. But it's just one of many striking outfits — none of which is prettier than Brad Pitt.

ODDS 8—1
Kate Winslet
Revolutionary Road
As a 1950s housewife yearning to break the mold, Winslet rocks retro chic. But in a film with so much emotional drama on screen, even costumes this refined may take a backseat.

ODDS 10—1
Jennifer Aniston
Marley & Me
Yellow Lab Marley is darling, and so is the ruffled wedding dress that Aniston dons. Still, bridal gowns have to be extreme to cause haute waves — and this one's a touch too subtle.

Originally posted Nov 21, 2008 Published in issue #1023 Nov 28, 2008 Order article reprints