December 2011

IMAGE: EX LIBRIS Dress It Up

Looks with legacy, as chosen by style icon Hal Rubenstein
by MELISSA MAGSAYSAY

VALENTINO Column dress

If anyone can spot a showstopping dress, it’s Hal Rubenstein, who as InStyle fashion director culls the best looks from red carpets and runways all over the world.

Now, in 100 Unforgettable Dresses (Harper Design), the 2011 CFDA Founder’s Award winner spotlights moment-maker frocks from the 1920s to the present. “These dresses seared their presence in our collective memory,” he says. “It’s not that you want to remember them. It’s that you can’t forget them.”

Capturing how a landmark dress can define a personal style—and even a career—Rubenstein includes star interviews, designer anecdotes and even the occasional gossip tidbit. “Something magical happens when the right woman puts on a given dress at a key moment. A great dress is a work of art, but it takes the right woman to make it memorable.”


MODEL: Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty
BOOK: Brian Leatart