Marilyn’s floaty dress is most iconic outfit in movie history

THE floaty white dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in 1955’s The Seven Year Itch has been voted the most iconic screen outfit.

Unforgettable ... Marilyn Monroe and that dress. (Image | The Sun)
Unforgettable | Marilyn Monroe and that dress. (Image | The Sun)

The halterneck frock pipped Dorothy’s gingham dress and ruby slippers from 1939’s The Wizard Of Oz.

Olivia Newton-John’s famous black leather trousers and red mule shoes from 1978 classic Grease came third in the British Heart Foundation poll.

BHF commissioned the study to mark the start of its Ramp up the Red campaign.

It calls on Brits to wear as much red clothing as possible on February 7 to fund research to fight heart disease.

The swimsuit worn by Pamela Anderson in Baywatch, Michael Jackson’s red leather suit in Thriller and Jessica Rabbit’s plunging red dress all made the top ten.

Hilary Alexander OBE, ex-fashion director at the Daily Telegraph, is backing the campaign.

She said: “Red is key when it comes to making an enduring style statement.

“It has always been a traffic-stopping colour that grabs people’s attention.”

Top ten

1) Marilyn Monroe’s white Seven Year Itch dress

2) Judy Garland’s dress and slippers from Wizard of Oz

3) Olivia Newton-John’s black leather trousers from Grease

4) Ursula Andress’ white Dr No bikini

5) Audrey Hepburn’s black dress and pearls from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

6) Baywatch red swimming costume

7) Michael Jackson’s red leather Thriller suit

8) Jessica Rabbit’s red dress in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

9) Julia Roberts’ Pretty Woman cut-out white and denim dress and red coat

10) Grace Kelly’s classic 50s black and white gown in Rear Window

Article written and sub edited by myself.

Originally published in The Sun on Friday January 3 2014.


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