Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
March 3, 2013
Hollywood has had a love affair with head-turning white gowns both on-screen and off for more than half a century. Who can forget Marilyn Monroe's white Travilla halter dress billowing around her waist as she stands atop a subway grate in the 1955 film "The Seven Year Itch"? Or Audrey Hepburn's sleeveless, belted white floral lace dress, designed by Edith Head, from the last scene of the 1953 film "Roman Holiday"? The actress liked it so much, she wore it a second time, when she picked up her lead actress award at the 1954 Oscars ceremony. The recent craze for white on the red carpet kicked off at last year's Academy Awards, when Gwyneth Paltrow wowed in a minimalist white gown and matching cape by Tom Ford. Here are a few more of our favorite white-hot looks from recent months.
Emily Blunt in a Miu Miu column gown with embellished neckline at the Critics' Choice Awards.
Taylor Swift in a Ralph Lauren plunge-front gown at the People's Choice Awards.
Ellen Pompeo in a Lanvin maxi-dress and studded black belt at the People's Choice Awards.
Anne Hathaway in a Givenchy pearl-studded halter gown at the London premiere of "Les Miserables."
Cate Blanchett in a Givenchy high-neck, backless gown with gold metal clips on each shoulder at the London premiere of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."
Michelle Dockery in an Alexandre Vauthier gold embroidered gown at the Golden Globes.
Anne Hathaway in a Chanel Couture strapless beaded peplum top and long skirt at the Golden Globes.
Amanda Seyfried in a Givenchy lace paneled gown at the Golden Globes.
Kerry Washington in a Rodarte silver beaded lace gown with a structured bodice at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Rooney Mara in an Alexander McQueen long-sleeved, floral-embellished and beaded cocktail dress at the New York premiere of "Side Effects."
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