Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch

Marilyn Monroe in THAT dress


Marilyn Monroe's white dress from the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch, has been voted the most iconic screen costume of all time.

The billowing white dress, which was designed by costumier William Travilla, is synonymous with the actress and her image. It's hard to think of Marilyn without imagining her standing over that infamous subway grate, grinning as she tries to keep her skirt from flying over her head.

The survey, which was commissioned by The British Heart Foundation ahead of Wear Red Day, saw Judy Garland come in second place with her her gingham dress and ruby slippers she wore as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

Olivia Newton-John's second-skin black catsuit from Grease claimed third position, while Ursula Andress' bikini in Dr No came fourth, followed by Audrey Hepburn's much admired, and copied, Hubert de Givenchy cocktail dress from Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz

Aside from the top five spots, the rest of the survey found the colour red dominated our favourite screen outfits. From Michael Jackson's red leather Thriller outfit, to Jessica Rabbit's revealing strapless number, red was the colour that packed the biggest punch.

Hilary Alexander, who is a supporter of the British Heart Foundation's 'Ramp up the Red' campaign, told The Telegraph: 'The poll shows that the colour red is key when it comes to making an enduring style statement, whether it's a flash of red lipstick or a scarlet evening gown.'

BHF are encouraging everyone to wear red on Febraury 7, to help raise awareness of heart disease.

By Olivia Marks

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