Lady at polo match: Edward is our most eligible bachelor, everyone is trying to land him.
Vivian: Oh, I'm not trying to land him, I'm just using him for sex.
Not long after Pretty Woman came out in 1990, I was working in a chain store and they did a knockoff of that dress Vivian wore to the polo match. I bought one and I think I loved it to death. It wasn't even a very true copy - it was red and in maxi length. But I think I wore it until it fell apart.
And I've wanted another for ages. So a couple of months ago I scoured for patterns and found one that I thought would make a good version of it. Jewel neckline, cutaway armholes, slightly blousy in the bodice, not too much flare in the skirt. Then I hunted for fabric - more difficult than you'd think to find brown with polka dots. It's a little heavier than I would have wanted (I think the real one is like a silk crepe de chine maybe?) but it works ok.
I am so proud of this outfit. I had to go hunting for the belt too - not an exact copy but good enough. I don't have the bag! I got very lucky with the gloves. I was headed to my local vintage store, but decided to go to the markets nearby and hit the jackpot bigtime. Just a basic hat that I trimmed.
I wore this dress on Melbourne Cup day. Lots of people commented "Oh, that's the Pretty Woman dress!" and I just love that it's recognisable like that.
I think it's a flattering and classy dress in its own right, even though it's got its story. What do you think about wearing iconic dresses like this one? What famous/iconic dress is on your wishlist?