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Quiz about Famous Dresses
Quiz about Famous Dresses

Famous Dresses Trivia Quiz


Some dresses have behaved like "the shot heard around the world" and have become famous virtually over night. Let's take a look at some of these iconic frocks, those who designed them, and the ladies who wore them.

A multiple-choice quiz by Belleiscute. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
Belleiscute
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
355,460
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
527
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Question 1 of 10
1. Although not credited with designing the "little black dress", this couturier made it acceptable to wear the LBD for events other than funerals. Which designer is this? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Husband and wife design team David and Elizabeth Emanuel created this over the top extravaganza of ivory silk, taffeta and lace, glittering with seed pearls and crystals, for "the wedding of the century". Which famous bride wore the gown? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. What colour was the dress from the iconic "subway train whooshing by and blowing the skirt ever upwards" scene in "The Seven Year Itch"?
(Incidentally, the dress was the favourite colour of Marilyn Monroe, who happened to wear it, so memorably, in the scene.)
Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Which designer created the risqué "gown" (really a few pieces of silk crepe held together by safety pins emblazoned with the distinctive Medusa head logo) worn by Elizabeth Hurley to the premiere of "Four Weddings and a Funeral" in 1994? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Lady Gaga wore a dress made out of what unconventional material to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. This monochromatic dress designed by Cecil Beaton was considered to be his magnum opus. Which film featured the gown (and subsequently won an Academy Award for costume design)? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Diane von Fustenberg became a household name (well, at least in fashion conscious homes) with which 1978 creation? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. After sultry screen superstar, Elizabeth Taylor, appeared in a certain garment in the film "Butterfield 8", lingerie sales skyrocketed in the U.S. What was she wearing that lead to this frenzy? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Costume designer Bob Mackie, while reminiscing on this creation, said: "It provoked the greatest blast of laughter I'd ever heard from an audience. And I have been around forever." What iconic comic costume was he referring to? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. What was unusual about the gown that Marilyn Monroe wore to sing "Happy Birthday" to President Kennedy in 1962? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Although not credited with designing the "little black dress", this couturier made it acceptable to wear the LBD for events other than funerals. Which designer is this?

Answer: Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel

The death of her lover and benefactor, Arthur Capel, prompted Chanel to "make the world mourn for him", by wearing his favorite garment, a black blazer. She subsequently designed a series of simple black dresses to complete the look and launched the enduring fashion of the LBD. As Christian Dior remarked: "With a black pullover and ten rows of pearls she revolutionized fashion."
2. Husband and wife design team David and Elizabeth Emanuel created this over the top extravaganza of ivory silk, taffeta and lace, glittering with seed pearls and crystals, for "the wedding of the century". Which famous bride wore the gown?

Answer: Diana, Princess of Wales

The bride was dwarfed by the gown and enormous 25 foot train that followed her down the aisle. Although not the most fashionable of garments (the poufy, crinoline- like skirt that resembled crumpled Kleenex once she alighted from the Glass Coach, and the unflattering overly-large bodice and neckline mimicking a Pierrette costume) this gown set the standard in bridal attire. Or as one designer griped "It set wedding couture back at least ten years."
3. What colour was the dress from the iconic "subway train whooshing by and blowing the skirt ever upwards" scene in "The Seven Year Itch"? (Incidentally, the dress was the favourite colour of Marilyn Monroe, who happened to wear it, so memorably, in the scene.)

Answer: White

William Travilla, who often created Monroe's costumes, designed the dress for the 1955 film. The pleated skirt, halter-top design has never since really gone out of style; women can wear garments inspired by the dress today. In this simply beautifully designed dress, Monroe shone in a scene that embodied summer in the city, sexuality and innocence.
4. Which designer created the risqué "gown" (really a few pieces of silk crepe held together by safety pins emblazoned with the distinctive Medusa head logo) worn by Elizabeth Hurley to the premiere of "Four Weddings and a Funeral" in 1994?

Answer: Gianni Versace

Versace designed this clever piece of engineering that launched Elizabeth Hurley from a relatively unknown model/actress to an overnight sensation. The gown, which featured a plunging neckline, open rib panels, and a skirt with side slits "up to there", posed, according to the designer, no threat of over-exposure to the wearer.

As Versace stated: "There was never any danger. That's why they call them safety pins, my dear."
5. Lady Gaga wore a dress made out of what unconventional material to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards?

Answer: Raw beef

The press dubbed the garment the "meat dress"; it was designed by Franc Fernandez and won the accolade as Time magazine's fashion statement of the year. It has since been dried and preserved to become the "jerky dress" and can been viewed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Gaga declared the dress was a statement, encouraging others to speak out for what they believe in.
6. This monochromatic dress designed by Cecil Beaton was considered to be his magnum opus. Which film featured the gown (and subsequently won an Academy Award for costume design)?

Answer: "My Fair Lady"

Beaton drew inspiration from the Ascot dress of the Edwardian era, while relying on his mother's memories of appropriate attire. To advance the storyline, it was important that Eliza's first appearance in society be memorable: Beaton achieved this with the hand-embroidered white lace dress with black and white striped bows at breast and knee. Audrey Hepburn looked breathtakingly beautiful (but, then again, when didn't she?) Incidentally, Beaton had to design unique dresses for each of the 400 actresses/extras in the Royal Ascot scene, while adhering to the black and white theme.

He certainly worked hard for his Oscar!
7. Diane von Fustenberg became a household name (well, at least in fashion conscious homes) with which 1978 creation?

Answer: The wrap dress

Von Furstenberg created a dress that lovingly embraces the woman who wears it - and a woman of any size, shape or body type looks marvelously feminine in this softly draping, curve enhancing, stylish dress. To top it all off, von Furstenberg made the dress washable, packable so it traveled well, and, above all, affordable.

As she has said: "I'm proudest of two things in my life: my children, and that I've never met a woman who doesn't look good in my dress."
8. After sultry screen superstar, Elizabeth Taylor, appeared in a certain garment in the film "Butterfield 8", lingerie sales skyrocketed in the U.S. What was she wearing that lead to this frenzy?

Answer: A simple, silk slip

Taylor played prostitute, Gloria Wandrous, appropriately dressed (nearly) in a silk slip designed by Helen Rose. Rose and Taylor were friends and had collaborated on other occasions. Two dresses designed by Rose, one black and one white, worn by Taylor in two films, became famous as "The Cat" (the white dress worn in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "The Butterfield" (the black dress Taylor slipped into in "Butterfield 8").
9. Costume designer Bob Mackie, while reminiscing on this creation, said: "It provoked the greatest blast of laughter I'd ever heard from an audience. And I have been around forever." What iconic comic costume was he referring to?

Answer: The Starlett O'Hara dress from "The Carol Burnett Show"

This dress was designed for the skit "Went With the Wind" a parody of Margaret Mitchell's sweeping epic. In the novel, impoverished Scarlett, in anticipation of a visit from Rhett, has a gown made from the drapes at Tara. In the comedy skit, the dress was made from the drapes and included the curtain rod as "shoulder pads" and the tie backs as a wacky turban.

When asked by the Rhett character where she had obtained such a stunning creation; Starlett (Burnett) quipped: "I saw it in a window. And I just had to have it."
10. What was unusual about the gown that Marilyn Monroe wore to sing "Happy Birthday" to President Kennedy in 1962?

Answer: It was so tight it made her breathless

The dazzling nude/peach-coloured gown, designed by Jean Louis, and hosting 2,500 rhinestones, was so tight that Monroe had to be sewn into it backstage. She appeared in the gown (and nothing else, as undergarments wouldn't fit) to sing to the president.

Her breathy rendition of the traditional birthday tune was likely due to the tightness of the gown, and not, as some surmised, to any substances she may have taken prior to the performance. The gown recently sold for $1.6 million; it has come to symbolize Monroe's relationship with Kennedy, as well as her tragically short life.
Source: Author Belleiscute

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