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Wallis Icon dresses – inspired by Marilyn, Grace, Audrey and Liz.

Wallis have finally unleashed their icon dress collection and it is so worth the wait. Inspired by the legendary leading ladies of Hollywood’s last Golden Age, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn, these dresses are timeless classics that will slot seamlessly into your wardrobe, ensuring you have a dress to fit every occasion.

Here are the four dresses that have been introduced, along with the lady who inspired it.

The Halter Block Colour Dress

This dress, with its pencil skirt and halter neck style was inspired by the cool elegance of Grace Kelly, specifically in her role as model Lisa in Rear Window. Then the colour palette was green and white, Wallis has updated it to wearable neutral shades that will flatter most skin tones.

Halter Colour Block Dress Price:


The White Halter Neck Dress

Possibly the most famous dress in movie history, Travilla’s sunray pleated dress, as worn by Marilyn Monroe as ‘The Girl’ in ‘The Seven Year Itch’ is a timeless classic that is as much part of American heritage as the Empire State Building. Wallis have kept the design very similar – a slightly smaller pleat perhaps, but still the very essence of Marilyn.

White Halter Neck Dress Price: £75.00
White Halter Neck Dress Price: £75.00

The Chocolate Lace Insert Dress

Elizabeth Taylor, famously hated her performance as Gloria in Butterfield 8, believing a tracheotomy that saved her life in 1961 won her the Academy Award rather than her performance in the film. But her sexy style in the movie was a big hit,  particularly the wispy silk slips she wore. Wallis has produced a gorgeous version in chocolate, with lace inserts. This little cocktail dress is definitely the sexiest in the collection – Elizabeth would have approved.

Chocolate Lace Insert Dress Price: £75.00

The Black Fitted Shift Dress

No iconic dress collection would be complete without a tribute to Audrey Hepburn. And although she wore many iconic dresses, the black and white Givenchy dress from Sabrina springs instantly to mind, for most people, Audrey means Holly Golightly, and the perfect black shift dress as worn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. Wallis has created the perfect go-anywhere shift dress, complete with the sexy back cutaway detail, that is just perfect for any, and every, occasion.


Black Fitted Shift Dress Price: £75.00
Black Fitted Shift Dress Price: £75.00

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