ACTRESS Gwyneth Paltrow revealed a little too much when she attended the 2002 Oscar ceremony in a see-through dress. Now her daring outfit has earned a new accolade.
The wife of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has been named as the owner of the worst little black dress in a poll to celebrate 80 years of the wardrobe staple.
Ms Paltrow, who won a Best Actress Oscar in 1998 for her role in Shakespeare In Love, turned up at the glittering Hollywood awards bash three years later in an Alexander McQueen ‘punk princess’ transparent dress that completely revealed her breasts.
She was roundly criticised for her choice of outfit at the time, but now comes bottom in a poll of little black dresses worn by the rich and famous.
Top in the survey of 1000 people by Lakeside shopping centre was Liz Hurley’s ‘safety-pin’ Versace frock which launched her showbiz career, despite being merely a girlfriend of actor Hugh Grant.
Runner-up after Ms Hurley was Audrey Hepburn in her most famous pose – staring into the window at top jewellers’ Tiffany & Co.
Next, and perhaps surprisingly high on the list, Victoria Beckham gets third place for her trademark little black dress during her Spice Girls days.
[b]Nicole Kidman’s black dress in the Chanel No. 5 TV adverts made it into the top five, at fourth place, in the poll. [/b]
Meanwhile, the former First Lady and American icon Jackie Kennedy Onassis came fifth in the survey, thanks to her memorable ensemble of black dress, pearls and over-sized black sunglasses.
Clare Lamont, a spokesman for Lakeside, said: “There’s been a lot of media coverage over the last few days about the 80th anniversary of the little black dress, so we decided to have a little fun and find out once and for all which are our favourites and which ones are definitely best forgotten.”
Cher’s black ‘horror frock’, worn to the 1986 Oscars, is one of those best forgotten, coming in second from last.
The singer/actress sported a two-piece outfit more suited to a Hallowe’en party, complete with huge black feather hairpiece.
But it wasn’t the worst black dress of all time according to those surveyed, as Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘punk princess’ Alexander McQueen number came in last.
Ms Lamont said: “Little black dresses can make women feel glamorous and sophisticated in an instant.
“However careful consideration needs to be given as we want to be remembered in our favourite frocks for all the right reasons.”