The 50 Most Iconic Shoes, Handbags, and Dresses From the Past 50 Years
1960s: Audrey Hepburn’s "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" LBD
The glam Givenchy gown Audrey Hepburn wears in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the ultimate little black dress.
1960s: Roger Vivier’s Pilgrim pumps
Worn by Catherine Deneuve in the 1967 film Belle de Jour, these buckle-front pumps continue to inspire designers today.
1960s: Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress
Marilyn Monroe wore this memorable flesh-color rhinestone dress during her famous tribute to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in 1962.
1960s: André Courrèges–style go-go boots
The white plastic, low-heeled “go-go” boots designer André Courrèges showed in his fall 1964 collection became a must-have on the street and dance floor.
1960s: Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian dress
Cut in the popular sack silhouette of the ’60s, this color-block dress was inspired by the artist Piet Mondrian’s minimalistic primary-color paintings.
1960s: Mia Farrow’s baby-doll dress
Sweet, short dresses and a boyish, cropped haircut gave Mia Farrow an unforgettable, imitable style.
1960s: Converse’s colorful Chuck Taylors
Chuck Taylor All Star basketball shoes became a sensation by 1966, when the company started producing them in a variety of colors and, later, materials.
1960s: Twiggy’s micro-minidress
Model-of-the-moment Twiggy, who was known for her stick-thin figure, helped popularize this new silhouette.
1960s: Brigitte Bardot’s hourglass dress
A sexy alternative to the decade’s androgynous shifts, the hourglass dress highlighted a woman’s décolletage and defined the natural waist. The look was ’50s with a sexy ’60s twist.
1960s: The Beatles’ ankle-high boots
These ankle-high, Cuban-heeled boots worn by the Beatles quickly became synonymous with rock ’n’ roll style.