Fashion designer nina ricci



Fashion designer nina ricci
A Brief History of the Revenge Dress

Stay Connected

Breakups are never easy. But once you’ve gotten past the pints of mint chocolate chip and the wallowing to Whitney Houston’s Spotify channel, something magical happens. You turn a corner. And finally, you're ready to get back out there and show the world that you’ve moved way past what’s-his-name.  

That’s where the revenge dress comes in. Unlike a new haircut (too permanent) or a new yoga bod (too strenuous), a revenge dress gives you a new lease on your social life in minutes. It’s a fresh start in fashion form. And believe it or not, the term actually has pretty aristocratic origins. 

RELATED VIDEO: The Most Naked Dresses of All Time

In November of 1994, Princess Diana was in the middle of a publicity storm following her separation from Prince Charles. Instead of going into hiding (which let’s face it, would’ve been much easier), the royal made headlines for an entirely different reason—her dress. On the very night that Charles admitted to his infidelity in a now-infamous interview, Diana stepped out in a chic black curve-hugging, off-the-shoulder dress (above) by Greek designer Christina Stambolian to attend a party at the Serpentine Gallery in London. And so, the revenge dress was born.  

Of course, Diana was already known as a royal trendsetter. But before that night, her look was demure, sophisticated, and regal, rather than sexy. That dress was the ultimate fashion power play. And now, more than 20 years later, women everywhere are still channeling their inner Lady Di with their own head-turning breakovers. From Reese Witherspoon’s sunny yellow Nina Ricci mini, post-Ryan Phillippe split, to Bella Hadid’s Alexander Wang cat suit at this year's Met Gala (eat your heart out, The Weeknd), we’re taking a look back at the best revenge dresses of all-time.          

1 of 17 Nina Prommer/Getty

Nicole Kidman at the L.A. Premiere of The Others (2001)

Advertisement

2 of 17 Jon Furniss/Getty

Britney Spears at the London premiere of Crossroads (2002)

3 of 17 James Devaney/WireImage

Jennifer Aniston at the N.Y.C. Premiere of Derailed (2005)

Advertisement

4 of 17 Mark Mainz/Getty

Jessica Simpson at the VH1 Big in ’05 Awards in L.A. (2005)

Advertisement

5 of 17 Frazer Harrison/Getty

Reese Witherspoon at the Golden Globes in L.A. (2007)

Advertisement

6 of 17 Frederick M. Brown/Getty

Anne Hathaway at the world Premiere of Get Smart (2008)

Advertisement

7 of 17 George Pimentel/WireImage

Eva Longoria at the Golden Globes in L.A. (2011) 

Advertisement

8 of 17 Denise Truscello/WireImage

Kim Kardashian at a New Year’s Eve party at Tao Las Vegas (2011)

Advertisement

9 of 17 Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Jennifer Lopez at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas (2011)

Advertisement

10 of 17 Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

Selena Gomez at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in N.Y.C. (2012)

Advertisement

11 of 17 Frazer Harrison/Getty

Amy Poehler at the Emmys in L.A. (2012)

Advertisement

12 of 17 John Lamparski/WireImage

Gwyneth Paltrow at the opening night for The Country House in N.Y.C. (2014)

Advertisement

13 of 17 John Shearer/WireImage

Miranda Lambert at the CMA Awards in Nashville (2015)

Advertisement

14 of 17 Getty

Gigi Hadid at the American Music Awards in L.A. (2015)

Advertisement

15 of 17 Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

Jennifer Garner at the Oscars in L.A. (2016)

Advertisement

16 of 17 Erika Goldring/FilmMagic

Taylor Swift at the CMA Awards in Nashville (2016) 

Advertisement

17 of 17 J. Kempin/Getty

Bella Hadid at the Met Gala (2017) 

InStyle.com

Help & Information

InStyle Digital

INSTYLE.COM IS PART OF THE INSTYLE BEAUTY GROUP. COPYRIGHT © 2018 MEREDITH CORPORATION.
INSTYLE IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF MEREDITH CORPORATION ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
INSTYLE MAY RECEIVE COMPENSATION FOR SOME LINKS TO PRODUCTS AND SERVICES ON THIS WEBSITE. OFFERS MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. | EU Data Subject Requests



Fashion designer nina ricci 55
Nina Ricci Names Charlotte Tasset as General Manager
Fashion designer nina ricci 98
WWD Women's Wear Daily brings you breaking news
Fashion designer nina ricci 70
THE OUTNET Discount Designer Fashion Outlet
Fashion designer nina ricci 2
L'Air du Temps Nina Ricci perfume - m
Fashion designer nina ricci 25
Perfume Houses N to O : Now Smell This
Fashion designer nina ricci 13
Nina Ricci Perfumes And Colognes - m
Fashion designer nina ricci 75
Fashion designer nina ricci 79
Fashion designer nina ricci 2
Fashion designer nina ricci 40
Fashion designer nina ricci 3
Fashion designer nina ricci 72
Fashion designer nina ricci 13
Fashion designer nina ricci 27
Fashion designer nina ricci 78
Fashion designer nina ricci 17