Debunking the The Telegraph's "Top Ten Dresses of the Past 50 Years" Story

Earlier today we came across a story: "Online poll announces the top ten most iconic dresses of the past fifty years." We were naturally excited, exp
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Earlier today we came across a story: "Online poll announces the top ten most iconic dresses of the past fifty years." We were naturally excited, exp
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Earlier today we came across a story: "Online poll announces the top ten most iconic dresses of the past fifty years." We were naturally excited, expecting Grace Kelly, Jean Seberg, and Jackie O.

What we got was Ginger Spice's Union Jack, Elizabeth Hurley's safety pin Versace, and Bjork's dead swan.

Sure, those dresses are iconic, but in a "Ew, we can't believe that happened" kind of way. (Editor's note: I liked Hurley's Versace.)

Even more shocking is the fact that Hilary Alexander is credited as the author of this story, and she certainly knows better than to worship the tragic fashions of Britain's most famous.

So we dug a little deeper.

The list was generated from a reader poll on the site Offers Supermarket, an online retailer with zero fashion credibility whatsoever. Their featured item: a "Barby on a Budget." (That's a barbeque on a budget, btw.)

So why would Hilary Alexander pick up a story from Offers Supermarket? That's like running the Most Iconic Jewelry as voted by Home Depot customers.

Apparently, Offers Supermarket is famous for their wacky polls, previously naming Kim Kardashian as the Most Envied Body and Facebook as Best Invention. We still don't get why The Telegraph would run this story without alerting readers to the joke. Maybe these polls are really popular in Britain, and we're on the outside of the actual joke?

We decided to do right and compile our own list of the 10 most iconic dresses of the past 50 years. Click through the gallery to see our picks.

Gwyneth\'s pink Ralph Lauren dress defied traditional red carpet style and is still among the most memorable Oscar looks.

Gwyneth\'s pink Ralph Lauren dress defied traditional red carpet style and is still among the most memorable Oscar looks.

CZ Guest redefined luxury with her minis and minimalism.

CZ Guest redefined luxury with her minis and minimalism.

Jean Seberg epitomizes the French gamine style, even if she was an American.

Jean Seberg epitomizes the French gamine style, even if she was an American.

Marc introduced grunge to fashion mainstream with his first collection at Perry Ellis.

Marc introduced grunge to fashion mainstream with his first collection at Perry Ellis.

Words aren\'t necessary for this one. It\'s truly breathtaking.

Words aren\'t necessary for this one. It\'s truly breathtaking.

Pierre revolutionized fashion with his omnipresent minidresses in the 1960s.

Pierre revolutionized fashion with his omnipresent minidresses in the 1960s.

Jackie Kennedy is America\'s fashion icon, and this peach dress represents her timeless, elegant style.

Jackie Kennedy is America\'s fashion icon, and this peach dress represents her timeless, elegant style.

Princess Di shows off her sexy side in this off-the-shoulder, black dress proving powerful women can still be sexy.

Princess Di shows off her sexy side in this off-the-shoulder, black dress proving powerful women can still be sexy.

Tom Ford\'s dress for Gucci reintroduced sex into fashion.

Tom Ford\'s dress for Gucci reintroduced sex into fashion.

Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy\'s wedding dress put Narciso Rodriguez on the map and redefined bridal wear.

Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy\'s wedding dress put Narciso Rodriguez on the map and redefined bridal wear.