These 8 Iconic Dresses Made History I’m currently traveling but the script with me, and I thought. I have time I could maybe hopefully film in my hotel room. So, what you see here is a hotel room I apologize for the side lighting and. I don’t have the setup that I have when I’m filming from home, So I’ve been wondering. What makes a garment (let’s say a dress) iconic enough to go down in history as a game-changer. As a consumer, I’d love to buy the design that is that strong a dress that is visionary and changes the way we look at fashion. And as a designer, well I’d love to create a dress like that. Of course.
So try and answer that question, I to look at the past What are the designs that we remember? Once the trends and the fads are gone out of everything, we’ve seen in let’s say the last 100 years. I’m going to share my little selection with you and at the end of the video. I’ll have a question for you as well I’m going to start with one design. That really changed the way women in Western Europe at least dress.
Chanel’s little black dress. Actually, let me start with a bit of context. In the 1920s in Europe, women were starting to wear dresses without corsets waistline drop to the hip level Comfortable. Showing the ankles but not so much skin and not the knees. That’s when stockings became quite fashionable Dresses were heavily decorated with embroideries, pearls, and trims. Especially for the evening, and always really colourful and then in 1926, suddenly, Chanel, Gabrielle Chanel, presented a dress. That was sleek, quite short, extremely simple in a solid colour that not even considered a colour, and that black.
Because at that time black really strictly reserved to either mourning or to servants as their uniform color. That’s it. Imagine the contrast between that simple black dress and everything else that was on the market at that time. They must have thought more than just “it’s a very modern design”. I think they must have thought “this really Avant-garde and out there” Vogue even called that dress. The ‘Ford dress’ in reference to Ford’s highly standardized car meant for a very broad audience. Ford reportedly said, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants, as long as it’s black. It was the same for that dress really, except that it wasn’t just one design.
In 1926, Chanel presented a day version in – the one with the long narrow sleeves. A satin version with the color, and a cocktail version. In the end that little black dress by Chanel is more her idea of a certain way of life. It’s not just one specific design because it wasn’t even only one design. It’s about the concept behind it, really, and that’s what went down in history. Chanel later said, “I imposed black. It is still going strong today, for black wipes out everything else around”. Marilyn Monroe’s white dress. I’m switching from black to white, so far not that wild in the movie the seven-year itch in 1955. These 8 Iconic Dresses Made History
Marilyn Monroe wore a certain white dress designed by Mr. Troy Miller, who a costume designer, and it’s still regarded today as the most iconic moment in cinema and arguably also in fashion. The dress has a halter-neck, a deep neckline in the front, and made of rayon and acetate. Which is why you could pleat it with heat, you know, you can’t durably pleat natural fibers It has to have a share of synthetic fibers to keep the shape of the pleats. So Marilyn wears the dress, not the other way around, and her hourglass figure of course is absolutely part of the look.
The dress surely looks great. But what made history here is really the moment, the scene itself: She is standing on that subway grating in New York City – If you’ve been to New York, you know that some subway stations are right underneath the streets – so, if you’re waiting for your subway on the platform under these gratings and it’s raining then it rains gutter water and dirt onto your head lovely! Side story, so she’s standing on there and the air of the subway passing by lifts up her skirt. It’s totally staged because it’s a scene filmed for the movie.
Some people have said that it happened that it was a coincidence that she was just accidentally standing there while on a promotion tour. It’s not true. The truth, however, that when they filmed on the open streets for the movie. So many people gathered around to watch and started to comment and call her and everything the footage could not use in the final movie So the scene was restaged in a closed set in Hollywood later. Apparently her husband at that time really not amused at all with what he saw as an exhibitionist look and something indecent to film. It’s true that in the 50s miniskirts did not exist yet, far from that, and indeed the skirt rises way below the knee level. These 8 Iconic Dresses Made History