It arrived in cinemas nearly three decades ago, and while Pretty Woman's plot might not have aged too well (sex worker finds love with a wealthy older businessman who buys her nice things - sound the problematic klaxon), the film's fashion legacy has never been more in evidence.
Last year, Hunza G, the British brand responsible for the extreme cut-out style that Julia Roberts’ character Vivian wears at the start of the story,teamed up with ASOS to reissue the infamous dress in the same crinkled seersucker stretch material (albeit in a handful of new colourways). This spring, Pretty Woman’s influence has extended from higher-end labels like Alessandra Rich to high street favourites like Mango and Zara, with each label paying homage to the brown and white polka dot print from Roberts’s character’s polo outfit. It was only ever going to be a matter of time before a brand decided to resurrect the film’s most memorable outfit of all – the off-the-shoulder column dress in bold red that Vivian wears for a night at the opera – and now, thanks to LA-based label Reformation, a near identical dress could be hanging in your wardrobe for just under £300.
Reformation's Bali dress recreates an iconic dress from Pretty Woman (which was itself inspired by a Valentino gown)
It features the same off-the-shoulder neckline...
... with a deep v at the front and low back...
just like the one Julia's character Vivian wore in the film.
Reformation’s ‘Bali’ dress, part of the eco-conscious brand’s new summer wedding collection, has all the hallmarks of the Pretty Woman showstopper: an off-the-shoulder neckline (albeit one that’s slightly simplified in line with our more minimal millennial sensibilities, ditching the ‘80s ruching at the sleeves), a deep V and . cascading skirt (which has also been de-ruffled a little to fit with Reformation’s cleaner, simpler aesthetic). For shoppers wishing to pay a less obvious homage to the movie, it’s also available in black and champagne, with each dress priced at $388 (or approximately £292). Failure to snap it up immediately would be a big mistake. Huge.
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