It’s hard to define an iconic dress – it has to be instantly recognizable: Where was it worn and by whom? For example: ‘Remember that Swan dress that Bjork wore to the Oscars?’
A lot of the most famous dresses are widely available as fancy dress outfits too – and for good reason. Doesn’t everyone fancy being Marilyn for a few hours?
There are lots of others I thought about including: Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra (but which of her 60+ costumes would you choose?), Liz Hurley’s safety-pin dress, Geri Halliwell’s Union Jack dress, Gaga’s meat dress, any of the Disney princesses…
What do you think? Did I pick the right outfits for my top 10?
1. Marilyn Monroe’s white dress
Marilyn’s white halterneck dress from the famous subway scene in the ‘Seven Year Itch’ is probably the most recognizable dress in the world. It sold for a huge $4,520,000 million last year. I wonder whether the person who bought it has ever worn it…? (I would!)
2. Audrey Hepburn’s black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Probably the most famous LBD of all time is the Givenchy gown worn by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffanys
3. Jackie Kennedy’s pink Chanel suit
The double breasted pink and navy Chanel suit worn Jackie Kennedy on the day the JFK was assassinated was imprinted in the mind of a nation when she insisted on wearing the blood-stained suit for the swearing-in of Lyndon B. Johnson and for the flight back to Washington, D.C. with the President’s body.
This photos of Mrs. Kennedy arriving at Love Field in Dallas, photograph by Cecil Stoughton, November 22, 1963. Courtesy National Archives, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, Massachusetts.
4. Judy Garland’s Dorothy dress
Not all iconic dresses are showstopping gowns. The gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz definitely falls into this category. It sold for a huge $480,000 last Saturday. There were six versions of this dress used in the movie though, so I’m not sure which one it was…
5. Bjork’s swan dress
Who can forget Bjork’s arrival on the red carpet wearing her swan dress at the 73rd Academy Awards on March 25, 2001. It was designed by Macedonian designer Marjan Pejoski, and was basically a flesh coloured body stocking with a swan draped around the neck. It caused a lot of controversy at the time, but I love it.
6. Princess Leia’s dress
What can I say – pretty much everything Princess Leia wore was iconic, but the white dress is probably the second most famous (behind the slave girl bikini of course)
7. Princess Diana’s wedding dress
This dress is definitely iconic, but I’ve never really liked it. I remember watching the Royal Wedding (I was 7) and even then I remember feeling disappointed when she got out of the carriage and her dress was all creased…
8. Marilyn’s ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ dress
Marilyn’s sparkly sheer dress from 1962 when she sang ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ to JFK. It was one of Marilyn’s last public performances and the dress was stunning!
9. Audrey Hepburn’s Ascot dress from My Fair Lady
Another dress which I loved from the first time I saw it, this is of course the dress from the Ascot scene from My Fair Lady. This dress sold for $3.7 million last year.
10. The red sequined dress
I couldn’t decide between Jessica Rabbit’s red sequin dress and the ones worn by Marilyn and Jane Russell in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – and I’m pretty sure one was inspired by the other so I’m including both!
The red-sequin gown worn by Marilyn in “Gentlemen Prefer Blonde” sold for $1.2 million in 2011.
And then of course there’s Jessica Rabbit.
I’m not bad
I’m just drawn that way…