Liz Hurley tops red carpet dresses

Liz Hurley's safety pin dress voted best gown of all time

Marie Claire Celebrity: Elizabeth Hurley
Marie Claire Celebrity: Elizabeth Hurley

Liz Hurley's safety pin dress voted best gown of all time

Elizabeth Hurley's infamous safety pin dress has been voted the best red carpet gown of all time.

A 29-year-old Hurley wore the black Versace frock as she accompanied then boyfriend Hugh Grant to the premiere of his movie, Four Weddings and a Funeral, back in 1994. Often touted as the dress that launched Hurley's career, its plunging neckline and daring side panels ensured that she dominated the headlines.

The poll, conducted by Debenhams, asked 3000 women to choose their all-time favourite red carpet dress.

Following Hurley's winner, are dresses worn by some of the world's most stylish women. In second place is Audrey Hepburn's 1954 Givenchy Oscar dress, quickly followed by two more Oscar frocks, Julia Robert's 2001 vintage Valentino, and Catherine Zeta Jones's 1999 red Versace gown.

In terms of designers, Versace dominates the top 5, with three of the dresses coming courtesy of the Italian design house.

For the full list, see below:

1.Liz Hurley - Versace 'safety pin' Dress: Four Weddings and a Funeral Premiere (1994)

2.Audrey Hepburn - White, belted flower patterned Givenchy dress: Oscars (1954)

3.Julia Roberts - black vintage Valentino dress: Oscars (2001)

4.Catherine Zeta Jones - red Versace dress: Oscars (1999)

5.Jennifer Lopez - plunging sheer green Versace dress: Grammy's (2000)

6.Keira Knightley - dark plum Vera Wang one shouldered dress: Oscars (2006)

7.Kate Winslet - red one shoulder flower strap gown by Ben de Lisi gown: Oscars (2002)

8.Halle Berry - Elie Saab net and embroidery topped dress: Oscars (2002)

9.Bjork - outrageous swan dress designed by Marjan Pejoski: Oscars (2001)

10.Kate Moss - vintage ripped Christian Dior gold satin gown: The Golden Age Of Couture VIP Gala, V & A Museum (2007)

11.Reese Witherspoon - knee length strapless yellow dress designed by Oliver Theyskens for Nina Ricci: Golden Globes (2007)

12.Cindy Crawford - Versace red plunge dress: Oscars (1991)

13.Gwyneth Paltrow - pink Ralph Lauren gown: Oscars (1999)

14.Charlize Theron - pale blue Christian Dior ruffle dress : Academy Awards (2005)

15.Penelope Cruz - pink strapless feathered Versace dress: Academy Awards (2007)

16.Hilary Swank - navy blue backless Guy Laroche dress: Academy Awards (2005)

17.Gisele - White Christian Dior strapless dress: Oscars (2005)

18.Cher - Bob Mackie's sheer art deco-inspired creation: Oscars (1987)

19.Renee Zellwegger - pastel yellow strapless Lily et Cie dress: Oscars (2001)

20.Uma Thurman - crimson Alberta Ferretti Gown: Oscars (2000)

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