Fabulous Frocks of the ’00s

As the decade draws to a close, I thought it might be nice to revisit some of the best frocks of the era. Naturally, they’re all either vintage or vintage inspired – glamour is so often influenced by the Golden years of the 20th century, isn’t it?

The dress that started it all – when Julia Roberts chose a 1982 Valentino frock to accept her Oscar for Erin Brockovich, the power of vintage to impress was there for all to see. Has she ever looked more elegant? Photo credit by Chris Weeks/Getty Images.

Penelope Cruz at the Oscars, 2007 in a glamourous Atelier Versace gown. This one reminds me of Grace Kelly – pulling out all the stops. Photo credit by Sara De Boer/Retna.

Kate Winslet at the Oscars, 2002 in a beautiful gown by Ben de Lisi. I can see Dorothy Lamour in this striking ’40s inspired gown. Photo credit by Tammie Arroyo/Retna.

Emma Watson at the London premiere of “Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince” in 2009. Original ’70s dress by Ossie Clark, it still looked fabulous when she got drenched in the rain on the red carpet. Photo credit by James Veysey/Camera Press/Retna.

Keira Knightley in “Atonement” 2007, wearing the fabulous emerald silk gown that helped to sway modern brides from fluffy strapless meringues to a more elegant and sexy movie star look inspired by the 1930s.

Sarah Jessica Parker wearing the gown that inspired a generation to seek the perfect vintage frock – in the final TV episode of “Sex and the City” 2004. Although looking very much like a ’50s prom dress, this version was designed by Versace. Photo credit by HBO.


  1. Yes, the glamour of the past is definately what we need more of. So thankyou for keeping the style, beautiful cuts, drapes, fabrics and colours in our minds. Goddness knows we need more of it. There is too much poor quality out there and it would be great to educate some of the younger fashion gals out there.

  2. Oh how I wished I could do justice to “that” green dress from Atonement! Alas it may be a while til I regain some semblance of a waistline! While I have always loved the glamour of vintage, I am finding that this unfortunately didn’t extend to maternity wear styles of yesteryear!

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