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The most iconic fashion moments from Pretty Woman

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Over at Stylist HQ, we consider ourselves Pretty Woman fanatics, which is why we had to do something to commemorate 25 years since the film was released.

The story of a prostitute, Vivian Ward, who falls in love with business man Edward Lewis, it's a modern twist on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion

While we love watching the romance unfold between the pair, it's the clothes that really tell the story of Vivian's transformation..

Take a look at our top 10 outfits in the gallery below. 

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    When we first meet Vivian Ward she's kitted out in her now iconic cutaway bodycon dress. She always accessorises with a blonde wig, hoop earrings and thigh-high black boots. 

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    When she meets business man Edward Lewis she heads back to his hotel in LA, after persuading him to become one of her clients. While she doesn't change here, she has removed her blonde wig, thus beginning her transformation.

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    The following day, Edward goes on business and leaves Vivian with his credit cards. 

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    Barney, the hotel's manager helps Vivian get choose some new clothes so she completely takes Edward by surprise in this fitted black lace dress.

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    The next day Edward, knowing that Vivian was snubbed the day before in a Rodeo Drive store, accompanies her shopping. 

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    Here, she's wear a short skirt again but is a little more demure with a white shirt thrown over her outfit. Note the minimal makeup and natural hair.

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    In this iconic scene, Vivian dons a button up white sating dress paired with long gloves and a hat, when she revisits the shop from which she was previously dismissed in and tells them that they made a big mistake.

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    Later on during the week, Vivian heads out to a polo match with Edward where she looks the epitome of preppy chic, wearing a brown dress with white polka dots. 

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    We particularly love the black belt to cinch her waist and the white boater hat with the material matching her dress is the ultimate touch.

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    In every (romantic comedy) film there's a sartorial peak, when the main character will look so incredible it takes your breath away. 

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    Vivian's moment comes when she wears this off-the-shoulder red gown for a night at the opera with Edward. The only accessories are white gloves and a sparkling necklace to cement her transformation from prostitute to lady.

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    Throughout the rest of the film, after the couple have clearly fallen in love, Vivian wears her new wardrobe with pride and her curly hair with confidence.

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    While most of her earlier clothes were overtly sexy, here Vivian is sexier than ever but this time it's on her own terms. 

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    Sadly, she has to leave the hotel, and the wonderful Barney. Wearing a classic 90s combo (just look at those shoulder pads), her natural hair and pared back make-up are a far cry from her appearance on arrival.

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    In the final scene, we see Vivian in a simple white t-shirt and blue blazer, with her hair tied back and pearl earrings dangling from her ears. While she might not go in for the high-fashion fancy dresses any more, she's become true to herself and the simple look highlights her natural beauty. 

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