How to Steal a Million -- If I could steal the wardrobe from any film, I think it would be this one. Audrey Hepburn's outfits are so crisp, mod and oh-so-sixties. Sure she introduced the world to the LBD as Holly Golightly, but each and every one of her outfits in How to Steal a Million is just as good that one dress in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffanys!
I couldn't really pick any single Marilyn Monroe film, but I thought that leaving her out of the LA Times list was a glaring error. Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly may be remembered more as style icons of the 1950's, but for curvy girls like me, Marilyn Monroe is proof that we can carry off an outfit just as nicely as (or better than!) stick thin girls. Her wardrobe in How to Marry a Millionaire and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes may be my favorites.
A Place in the Sun - Much like Clark Gable's sans-undershirt performance in It Happened One Night sent undershirt sales plummeting, Elizabeth Taylor's dress in A Place in the Sun was one of the most copied movie dresses ever -- girls everywhere were dying to wear this to their proms! And as evidence of its timeless appeal, I bet even modern teenagers would be thrilled to have a dress this beautiful for their own highschool proms.
Doris Day in the 1960's -- The Glass Bottom Boat, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, Send Me No Flowers and Lover Come Back. I think that the 1960's style can be broken down into three categories: the wild child look of the late 60's, the bold mod style a la twiggy (or How to Steal a Million Audrey Hepburn) and the clean, pulled together, chipper look of Doris Day. Really, she gets a whole category to herself.
Kay Francis was probably THE style icon of the movies in the early 1930's. This ad is perfect proof of her glamours appeal -- "Who better than the lovely Kay Francis can put that desirable adjective, Glamourous, into clothes?" -- As Robert Osborne has said before almost all of her films, female audiences flocked to theaters not just to see the story but to see what gorgeous gown she would be wearing next!
The Blonde Venus- TCM mentions Katharine Hepburn as the first gender-bending fashion icon, but I think it was really Marlene Dietrich. Even in The Blue Angel she was showing her taste for top hats.
Which style icons would you include on your list?