While the love affair with the polka dot perhaps began in 1926 when Miss America was photographed in a polka dot bikini; the first famous protagonist of the polka dot was, of course, Disney’s Minnie Mouse in 1928.
Ashley Graham wears a polka dress to visit Minnie Mouse at NYFW.
Christian Dior used polka dots in the 1954 collection, in what Vogue reported was a “direct, unblushing plan to make women extravagantly, romantically, eyelash-battingly female”. It worked, as the polka dot dress was Dior’s best-selling piece back then.
Hollywood royalty quickly fell for the print with the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Lucille Ball and Marilyn Monroe forming its A-list fan base.
In 1951, Monroe was famously photographed in a polka dot bikini and, nine years later, Brian Hyland’s hit ‘Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’ topped the charts, putting polka dots firmly back in vogue. Inherently feminine they may be, but male wardrobes weren’t immune from the polka print craze.
The pop culture references don’t stop there – who can forget Julia Roberts as Vivienne in 1990’s Pretty Woman, attending the races in a polka dot dress and matching hat? It may have been 27 years ago, but feels as relevant today as it did then.
Miss Julia Roberts at the races in Pretty Woman.
Like Dior before her, designer Carolina Herrera used polka dots on most of her dresses during the late 1980s and early 1990s and it remains a key print in her collections. Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo has said that her earliest memories of fashion comprise “blue and white and polka dots” and prints them on T-shirts and wallets.
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