The American debut of A Dress to Change the World, a co-ed couture collection designed by 40 under 40 artist Jeff Garner to honor the late Princess Grace (Kelly of Monaco), takes center stage at the Renwick Gallery this Saturday (added bonus: use the code BYT50 for 50% off the ticket price)
We also figured this is a PERFECT opportunity to take a stroll down the sartorial memory lane and revisit some of the most iconic dresses ever made, dresses that, in their own way, did change the world. So, here goes (and feel free to add your favorites in the comments, naturally)
1. Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy black number from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The quintessential little black dress was auctioned off in 2006 for a whopping $807,000—proceeds of which went to City of Joy Aid, a charity benefiting the poor in India
2. Princess Diana’s Wedding Dress by Emanuel. You don’t get to walk down the aisle in from of an audience of 700+ million without influencing worldwide of girls into puffy sleeves and fantasy happy endings.
3. Marilyn Monroe’s William Travilla white halter from 1955’s The Seven Year Itch is the direct cause of one most iconic movie moments ever, and resulted in a thousand copycats. Fun fact: it’s now owned by Debbie Reynolds
4. Tina Turner’s Spangled Mini. The picture explains it all. (having some of the best legs in business helps-ed)
5. Jackie Kennedy’s Chanel Suit from 1963. Jackie wore this suit on November 22, 1963, the day her husband, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated. It’s been called the most legendary garment in American history and an emblem of the loss of innocence. After JFK was assassinated, Jackie refused to take off the blood-stained suit. She wore it during the swearing-in of Lyndon Johnson and during the flight back to Washington with JFK’s body. The still-stained suit is stored out of public view in the National Archives.
6. Mary Quant’s Mini Dress. A right to bear legs was a right hard earned.
7. Grace Kelly’s wedding gown. The dress that made everyone believe there was a princess inside of them.
8. Jean Harlow’s bias cut dress for Dinner at Eight. The dress and cut that, 80 years later, still defines what sexy is. And yes-she had to be sewn into it.
9. The DVF wrap. If a dress lands you a cover of NEWSWEEK, then you stick with that dress.
10. The YSL Safari Dress – the outfit (modeled by Verushka here) changed the idea of sportswear forever. Also, it may have been sort of responsible for Banana Republic happening, but lets not dwell on that.
ok-your turn (and see you Saturday !)