5.Black Givenchy dress of Audrey Hepburn
In 1961, Givenchy designed a little black dress for the opening scene of Blake Edwards’ romantic comedy, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, where Hepburn plays the leading role alongside actor George Peppard. Her necklace was made by Roger Scemama, a French parurier who designed jewelry for Givenchy. Audrey took two copies of the dress back to Paramount, but the dresses, which revealed a considerable amount of Audrey’s leg, were not suitable for the movie and the lower half of the dress was redesigned by Edith Head. The original hand-stitched dress is currently in Givenchy’s private archive, whilst one copy Audrey took back to Paramount is on display at The Museum of Film in Madrid and another was auctioned at Christie’s in December 2006. None of the actual dresses created by Givenchy, were used in either the movie or the promotional photography. The movie poster was designed by artist Robert McGinnis, and in Sam Wasson’s book, Fifth Avenue, 5am, he explains that the photos on which he based the poster did not show any leg and that he had added the leg to make the poster more appealing. The actual dresses used in the movie, created by Edith Head, were destroyed by Head and Hepburn at Western Costume in California after shooting.The dress is cited as one of the most iconic items of clothing in the history of the twentieth century and perhaps the most famous “little black dress” of all time.
4.The Dorothy’s Gingham Dress From The Oz
Here is another dress as iconic as the movie. Dorothy’s blue gingham dress in The Wizard of Oz is one of the most popular costume designs of all time. The child star Judy Garland had to rehearse in several different dresses, so the producers could decide which will characterize the best her part in the 1939’s classic, The Wizard of Oz. The iconic gingham dress is set to sell for £180,000.
3.Black dress of Rita Hayworth
In the 1946 film Gilda, Rita Hayworth wore a black dress made by American costume designer Jean Louis. It was used in one of the most famous scenes of the film: one in which the character of Gilda sings the song “Put the Blame on Mame”, improvising a quick striptease, choreographed by Jack Cole. The dress has helped consolidate the image of the femme fatale, as well as being universally recognized as an icon of fashion and cinema.The Independent named it as one of the Ten Best Fashion Moments in Film.To create clothes for Gilda, Jean-Louis was inspired by Portrait of Madame X, the famous socialite in Paris. According to Life magazine, the wardrobe designed by Jean Louis for Rita Hayworth had a value of about $60,000, a large figure for the time. The dress was said to illustrate that “extreme sexuality” in women, hot or cold, is a recipe for catastrophe.
2. Scarlet O’Hara Green Curtain Dress
The Scarlet O’Hara’s Emerald Green Gown that she made out of curtains in her family’s plantation house, which she wore to seduce Rhett Butler was the centerpiece dress in the movie. The curtain dress was originally designed by Walter Plunkett and it was sold just recently at an auction in Beverly Hills for $137,000. As Scarlet O’Hara would reply “Great Balls of Fire.”
1.White dress of Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe wore a white dress in the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch, directed by Billy Wilder. The dress was created by costume designer William Travilla and was worn in one of the best-known scenes in the movie. The dress is regarded as an icon of film history and the image of Monroe in the white dress standing above a subway grating blowing the dress up, has been described as one of the iconic images of the 20th century.