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Hollywood events are all about the red carpet moment. You might not remember the movies that Jennifer Lopez, Julia Roberts or Gwyneth Paltrow were in, but you definitely remember the dresses they wore that 'shut it down' on the Tinseltown catwalk. But after the dutifully paparazzi-documented moment in the pages of PEOPLE, not many have the fashion fortitude to eclipse the 'Best Dressed' list and become one of the iconic red carpet dresses of all time. In Joan and Melissa Rivers' best-of-the-best red carpet mode, leading UK department store Debenhams compiled a poll to find out the all-time greatest red carpet gowns.

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Elizabeth Hurley:
For better or worse, it is probably one of the most famous little black dresses ever. Thanks to Versace's little black dress that was barely held together by large gold safety pins, Elizabeth Hurley's star never shone so brightly as when she walked the red carpet with then-boyfriend Hugh Grant at the 1994 premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral. The S&M-inspired little number that shot the Bedazzled star to fame was voted as the most iconic red carpet dress of all time. Cher was robbed! Besides, is there even enough fabric for it to be considered a dress?

A spokeswoman for Debenhams said: 'Liz Hurley's daring safety pin dress is one of the most famous black dresses worn on the red carpet, which made her a household name overnight. Our research shows how iconic the dresses worn on the red carpet have become with many of the stars making headlines from their outfits.'

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A copy of the barely-there dress sold at luxury mecca Harrods last year for almost $20,000 as part of its Timeless Luxury, Little Black Dress exhibit. We're just dying to know if Pimps Up, Ho' Down Divine Brown has a Versace knock-off for those I-did-a-very-bad-thing customer requests. Oh, snap!

Estee Lauder cover girl Hurley paired her very little black dress with a black, closed-toe sling-back. Very curiously Amish given the flesh on parade. A dress that super sexy needs a shiny, slightly slutty shoe -- and we mean that in a good way. Like these Manolo Blahnik gold ankle-wrap sequined sandals.

Tell us what you think: Which red carpet dress is your favorite?

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