White dress: Bold or fake innocence ?

Which is the first image that pops into your mind when you hear “white dress’’?

Marriage.

Yeah, most probably. And?

Marilyn Monroe!

Much better.

For some reason I do not seem to understand how the color of a dress, defines a person’s innocence, or purity. Both of these meanings have no color. (this is another article). Anyway, at some point, west civilization decided that brides are to wear white gowns.

On the other hand, on the 15th of September, 1954, director Billy Wilder, ordered Monroe to stand on a subway grate in New York city, wearing a little white dress, designed by William Travilla and fight an upward breeze. That was the precise moment, where the white dress became iconic! Everyone that watched the movie “The 7 year Itch” recalls this dress (and of course Marilyn wearing it, in a pose where she tries not to show too much). So white dress, was the new sexy because at the same time was innocent and playful. Not any other color 

would cause so much fuzz as the white color. It was pure and intense at the same time. Girly and mature.

Another iconic white dress I still remember is Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, 1992, directed by Paul Verhoeven! (remember?) She was the devil in white dress. So unpredictable! When you think evil you think dark colors, or bloody red. White is definitely not the obvious option, so it worked as charm, to the interrogation scene! Stone was sitting across the police officers in full control, fully glowing inn her white dress, using her feminine power to hypnotize her male “victims”.

Now I think about it, white works perfectly when you put it on, on the “wrong” occasion. It can be bold this way. It can be very sexy, but not 

loudly sexy. It can be charming and special when you wear it in winter. It’s a pity that I don’t see in winter time. It is very boring when I see it all the time in summer. You don’t have to be a Californian tanned girl to put it on.

Dare to where it when no one expects you to.

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