Marilyn Monroe's Seven Year Itch white subway dress
Marilyn Monroe’s Seven Year Itch white subway dress is a costume worn by the actress in the 1955 film, and is regarded by many as the most famous dress in cinema history.
The dress was created for Marilyn Monroe by the celebrated costume designer William Travilla, who worked with her on eight films throughout her career. The dress is made from an ivory colored rayon-acetate crepe, and was designed specifically for the scene in which Monroe stands over a subway grate and has her dress blown around her by the breeze, uttering the famous line “Ooooh, isn’t it delicious?”.
Travilla worked predominantly in natural fabrics, but used the man-made fibres so as to allow the dress to billow in a specific manner.
The dress was acquired by Debbie Reynolds directly from Twentieth Century-Fox during the pre-sale when she bought the entire Marilyn Monroe wardrobe from the studio prior to the auction in 1971.
In June 2011 Reynolds’ collection was placed up for auction in Beverly Hills by Profiles in History. Monroe’s Seven Year Itch dress was given a pre-sale estimate of $1 million - $2 million. It eventually sold for a price of $5,658,000 (including buyers premium), making it the most expensive piece of memorabilia sold at auction in 2011.
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