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Audrey Hepburn’s Character Named the Best-dressed Film Icon

Audrey Hepburn
’s character Holly Golightly in the classic 1960s film Breakfast At Tiffany’s has been voted the most stylish film icon of all time, according to a new poll conducted by BBC’s What to Wear magazine with more than 4,000 people to determine the best and worst-dressed big-screen characters.

Uma Thurman’s heroine Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction took the second place in “the most stylish” list, which also included Cameron Diaz as Natalie Cook in Charlie’s Angels, Nicole Kidman’s corset-clad performance in Moulin Rouge, Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator, and Marilyn Monroe’s character in The Seven Year Itch.

"Even today Hepburn and Monroe both have images that are very much ingrained in the public consciousness, so it was almost inevitable that they would be in the list," said fashion writer Avril Groom, according to The Scotsman.

"There was a certain classic elegance in the way that Hepburn looked which designers return to again and again, and I think that goes for Monroe as well, particularly if we recall the famous white halter neck dress that she wore in the scene where it billows up around her bottom as she walks over an air duct.”

Renee Zellweger’s heroine Bridget Jones came atop the worst-dressed list with her penchant for big knickers. Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, Kate Winslet’s Clementine in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde were also listed among the poorly-clad.

"It’s easy to see that the iconic looks that our readers aspire to are the ones which follow the simple rules of dressing to suit your shape and boost your best bits,” said Sarra Manning, the editor of What To Wear.

"The results for the most stylish film icon poll could have been so different if Holly Golightly had a penchant for pink frills and Bridget Jones had been a big fan of the LBD [little black dress]."

Kay Davidson, an image consultant and corporate designer, said: "The list is a rather sad indication of the times in which we live.

"Yes, those listed are more akin to style icons rather than fashion icons, but they also represent a sort of ‘isn’t she a lovely and cute character who gets the guy at the end of the movie’ feeling. That is probably what has got them in this list."

She added: "However, much like the question of life imitating art and art imitating life, fashion and film do have a reciprocal relationship and have been used by designers in the past to market their product. Because of this films are still influenced by fashion designers, and as a result, so is the high street."

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