The white dress is best remembered for the scene in the 1955 movie where Marilyn’s dress is blown in the air by a gust from a subway grill. The scene captures all that is best-loved about the movie star being a mixture of innocence and sexuality all at the same time.
This famous scene was shot late at night on 52nd and Lexington and despite the late hour there were huge numbers of fans and photographers who turned up to see the filming. In fact so many flashbulbs went off each time director Billy Wilder tried to capture the shot he wanted that he had to make a deal with the crowd that if they let him shoot the scene as he wanted then Marilyn would pose for them afterwards.
The famous ivory pleated dress that Marilyn wore in the scene was designed by Oscar-winning dress designer William Travilla and sold at auction in 2011 for an astonishing $4.6m. Interestingly the dress that came 2nd in the poll of best ever movie outfits was also sold at the very same 2011 auction in Calabasas, California. Judy Garland’s blue gingham dress from The Wizard Of Oz made $910k and like Marilyn’s dress was also part of the sale of Debbie Reynold’s movie costume collection.
3rd place in the poll went to Olivia Newton-John’s tight black leather outfit that she wore in the 1978 movie Grease.
4th place went to the white bikini worn by Ursula Andress in the 1962 James Bond movie Dr No. This particular outfit has been mentioned a number of times before on this site and helped Ursula Andress win the title of Best Bond Body in July 2012 with the classic first sighting of her character Honey Ryder coming out from the sea wearing the white bikini that showed off her great figure.
The 5th place went to Audrey Hepburn’s classic long black dress that she wore as Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffanys. Incidentally in a separate poll by Toni & Guy that was released today Audrey’s beehive from the movie was named as the most iconic hairstyle of the past 50 years. We guess that both these results must make the movie a must-see for any fashion fans who like movies.
The new iconic movie outfit poll was commissioned by the British Heart Foundation and is being used to help promote their ‘Ramp Up The Red” campaign. The campaign is backed by former Daily Telegraph fashion editor Hilary Alexander who has had open-heart surgery and is a strong supporter of the BHF. Ramp Up The Red is asking people to hold red themed events at work or home on Friday 7th February to help raise funds for the charity.
Here is the full list of Top 10 Most Iconic Movie Outfits according to the BHF poll plus a gallery of the outfits as seen in the movies:
- Marilyn Monroe’s white dress from The Seven Year Itch (1955)
- Judy Garland’s blue gingham dress and ruby slippers from The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
- Olivia Newton-John’s black leather outfit from Grease (1978)
- Ursula Andress’ white bikini from Dr No (1962)
- Audrey Hepburn’s long black dress from Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)
- Red swimming costume from the Baywatch tv series (1989-2001)
- Michael Jackson’s red leather jacket from the Thriller video (1983)
- Jessica Rabbit’s skintight red dress from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
- Julia Roberts’ cut-out ‘hooker’ outfit with black boots from Pretty Woman (1990)
- Grace Kelly’s black and white outfit from Rear Window (1954)