The American actress Marilyn Monroe wore a white dress in the movie The Seven Year Itch (1955). The dress was designed by William Travilla. Monroe wore the dress among other things in the scene where they are above a ventilation grille of the metro State. The swirling dress is one of the most iconic images from the Western film history.
After Monroe's death, the dress quickly taken as symbol. Monroe is very often presented In images and imitations with her dress. In most images keeps them blowing her dress with both arms, an image that is not in the film is shown. The image of a smiling Marilyn with bare legs above the ventilation Grill is based on the many photos during the firsttake in Manhattan were taken. Due to the overwhelming amount of fans and photographers was the scene filmed a second time on a film set.
The scene with the swirling dress is very similar to What Happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City, a short film by George s. Fleming and Edwin s. Porter from 1901.
The dress brought at an auction in June 2011 an amount of 5.6 million dollar (3.9 million euro) on.