Top 10: dresses that changed the history of cinema

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The cinema returns eternal to the actors, besides immortalizing them in some character, it positions them as great icons of both the screen and the fashion. Different clothes accompanied famous figures and together, costumes and actors, they managed to perpetuate an image in time.

There are numerous dresses in the history of cinema that remain in force, because they are considered classic examples that still manage to influence various current designers.

Here we present some of the most important examples during the history of the seventh art. 

1. The white dress that used the Hollywood symbol, Marilyn Monroe, during the movie The Itching of the Seventh Year (1961), is undoubtedly one of the great examples of permanent dresses. He left his mark in the world of fashion, history and photography through a suggestive neckline and a frozen flight in a memorable image.

2. The unforgettable black Givenchy dress that the eternal princess Audrey Hepburn used in Breakfast with diamonds (1961), also consolidated in the history of fashion. In addition to consolodarse was of great inspiration for the industry. It was cataloged as one of the essential dresses in the wardrobe, an example of elegance and refined taste when dressing.

3. In the classic Gilda ( 1946), the actress Rita Hayworth wears a black satin strapless dress glued to the body with a unique bun tied at the waist and a wide side opening in the skirt, along with a pair of immortalized long gloves like basic accessories for this type of garments. The designer in charge of the wardrobe was Jean Louis, commissioned to get the perfect look for the ” femme fatale “; this garment later inspired the character of Jessica Rabbit.

4. In the film based on the play Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw, My Fair Lady ( 1964) emerges another of the most recognized dresses in history. Designed by Briton Cecil Beaton, the ensemble consists of a body-hugging white lace dress, frilled gloves and bows made from white and black striped textiles; This, in addition to highlighting the born beauty of the actress, placed him as one of the most beautiful and recognized pieces of the screen.

5. Costumes are also essential for great films because, in addition to their quality, they give it a greater personality; this is the case of What the wind took (1939), considered one of the classics of cinema. In it appears the actress Vivien Leigh with a green velvet dress made from the curtains of the house. This garment is on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and is considered one of the best dresses of all time.

6.It is impossible to talk about the costumes in the cinema without mentioning Edith Head, responsible for many of the most mythical garments in Hollywood. During his 50-year career he won eight Oscars for costume design in films such as Holidays in Rome (1953) and All About Eve (1950), thanks to his contribution to the glamor of the golden years and the incorporation of the New Look of Dior’s on the big screen in 1947.

In The Discreet Window  (1954), Grace Kelly uses several elegant models, but highlights an evening dress made by Edith Head, who inspired by the New Look of Dior, created a wide skirt of several layers in white and a black blouse sleeve short, accompanied by embroidered details.

7. Another of the most outstanding dresses is that of Elizabeth Taylor in Un lugar en el sol (1951); also made by Edith Head, this one is composed of a neckline fitted to the body, crowded with tiny flowers, and a wide skirt characteristic of the time.

8. Again Grace Kelly wears one of the most recognizable dresses in the Alfred Hitchcock movie , Catch a Thief (1955), by Edith Head, it was made of blue gauze. The dress is Greek style and is composed of a vaporous skirt with thin straps and very fitted at the waist.

9. One of the most sensual and remembered dresses in history is that of Anita Eckberg, in La Dolce Vita (1960), This won an Academy Award for best costumes. A black garment very close to the body, with a pronounced neckline and a long tail with great flight is remembered by the famous scene in which Anita jumps to the Trevi Fountain.

10. In All About Eve (1950), Bette Davis uses another of Edith Head’s creations, made from silk, with a square neckline, managed to go down in history. The story of this dress is that measuring it on the actress and checking that it did not fit, Edith decided to put a brooch to fix it, from this detail the garment drew so much attention that it ended up being considered one of the best in the designer.

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