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.