Monday 23 October 2017

The top ten most iconic dresses of the past fifty years

From left: Liz Hurley, Jennifer Lopez and Bjork in iconic dresses
From left: Liz Hurley, Jennifer Lopez and Bjork in iconic dresses
Geri Halliwell in the £199 Union Jack dress she has designed for Next Photo: NEXT
Liz Hurley in 'that' dress. Since then starlets have been trying to upstage everyone else on the red carpet with outrageous dresses. Photo: Getty Images
Audrey Hepburn played Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany's
The Marilyn Monroe dress that flirted revealingly with a gust of New York subway air in "The Seven Year Itch" fetched 4.6 million dollars at auction(AP)
Jennifer Lopez in the Versace dress that caused a stir. Photo: Getty Images
Bjork in possibly the most memorable Oscar dress of all. On the night host Steve Martin quipped "I wanted to wear my swan tonight. But to me, they're so 'last year'."

HIlary Alexander

The Spice Girl's Union Jack dress has topped a new poll announcing the top ten most iconic dresses of the past fifty years.

Spice, in the Union Jack minidress; and Marilyn Monroe's billowing gown

The "Union Jack Dress" worn by the former Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell, has topped a new poll to find the 10 Most Iconic Dresses of the last 50 years.

Halliwell, who wore the dress to the Brit Awards in 1997, captured 82% of the votes, narrowly edging out the runner-up, Liz Hurley and that dress (the Gianni Versace safety pin design), which the actress unveiled in 1994 at the London premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral.

The white halter-neck dress, which Marilyn Monroe wore in The Seven Year Itch - famously blowing up to her waist as she stood over a subway vent - polled third, ahead of Audrey Hepburn's Little Black Dress and pearls, from Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Other iconic 'outfits' included Kylie Minogue's gold hot pants, worn in the Spinning Around video, 2000, and the "swan" dress, designed by Marjan Pejoski, which Björk wore to the 2001 Oscars.

The poll was conducted by the online fashion retailer, .

Eve Atkins, founder of OffersSupermarket, said: "Everybody remembers the moment Geri Halliwell hit the stage in that Union Jack dress. It made everybody watching the Brit Awards feel patriotic, plus she looked amazing. I was shocked to realise it was simply a tea towel sewn on to a basic dress, with no designer involved."

The Top 10 most iconic dresses of the past 50 years:

1. Geri Halliwell - Union Jack dress

2. Liz Hurley - Versace safety pin dress

3. Marilyn Monroe - White dress

4. Audrey Hepburn - Black dress and pearls in Breakfast at Tiffany's

5. Lady Gaga - White outfit and wig worn to the Brit Awards

6. Diana, Princess of Wales - Wedding dress designed by The Emanuel's

7. Kylie Minogue - Gold hot pants

8. Jennifer Lopez - Sheer green Versace dress worn to the Grammys

9. Björk - Swan dress worn to the Oscars

10. Cindy Crawford: Red Versace dress worn to the Oscars

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