A Place In the Sun, 1951

The 1950s were all about classic elegance and fabulous movie dresses like the Edith Head-corsage and tull dress, carried by Elizabeth Taylor opposite Montgomery Cliff in the movie A Place In the Sun. Edith Head won numerous Academy Awards for Best Costume Design. Watch the scene where they meet for the first time…

 

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953

William Travilla was the master mind behind the famous pink corsage dress designed with a big bow in the back. Marilyn Monroe wears the dress in the scene where she sings ’Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend’. The satin dress was sold in 2010 at auction for approximately 310.000 USD. Revisit the notorious scenes here.

Sabrina, 1954

The legendary designer Hubert de Givenchy created all the costumes for Audrey Hepburn in the romantic comedy ’Sabrina’ from 1954. The memorable dress is a white ball gown with golden flower applications and embroidery which Sabrina wears going to a party at the rich gentleman David Larrabee’s place (aka William Holden). Revisit the scenes here.

 

The Seven Year Itch, 1955

Not only is this one of the most iconic pictures in the history of film, it is also one of Hollywoods most legandery actresses Marilyn Monroe wearing one of the most iconic movie-dresses ever. The white pleated silk dress with a halterneck is also made by designer William Travilla. He kept the dress up until his death in 1990 where it was soled on auction for the staggering price of 5.6 million dollars. Revisit ‘the delicious breeze’ scene here.

 

To Catch A Thief, 1955

Grace Kelly was glowing like a beautiful goddess in Alfred Hitchcocks movie: To Catch A Thief, also starring Cary Grant. Her famous blue silk-chiffon dress was also designed by Edith Head.

This floaty, conspicuous dress is an appreciable nod to Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’, launched onto the fashion stage in 1947. Despite Edith Head’s well documented wariness of trends, she evidently needed to project the period in which To Catch a Thief is set, around 1947-49. Moreover there was the New Look copyright issue, especially prevalent in the U.S. whereby Dior’s distinctive gowns had been ‘reworked’ for the American market by boutiques and department stores. Legislation was introduced in 1952 protecting a collection for one season, though it was generally too convoluted to enforce. In any case, Dior licensed a prêt-à-porter line to Lord & Taylor and Neiman Marcus the following year.

 – courtesy of www.clothesonfilm.com

 

 

Cleopatra, 1963

Costume designer Irene Sharaff really took on Elizabeth Taylors infamous love affair with gems when she designed the wardrope with the many extraordinary dresses for Cleopatra – 20th Century Fox’s iconic blockbuster. Taylor had 65 costume changes in Cleopatra, a record for a motion picture at the time. She was allocated an incredible $194,800 (£123,000) wardrobe budget. Watch Elizabeth make an entrance.

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