There are people out there who collect some strange stuff – from belly button fluff and airline barf bags to finger and toe nail clippings and strange balls of hair. But for many women, the collection weakness lies in fashion.
There are so many fabulous fashion pieces that women crave for their own personal collections, but there are a few items that most women would absolutely kill to get their hands on. These items make the top of that list, but be careful, ladies – don’t want to hurt anyone out there trying to get a hold of one of these priceless items!
Marilyn Monroe’s Pearls
The iconic sex symbol of an entire generation, Marilyn Monroe made her fame from her looks, her fashion sense and her soft-spoken voice and innocent demeanor. Monroe was constantly photographed in that gorgeous string of Akoya pearls around her neck – a honeymoon gift from her baseball pro husband, Joe DiMaggio.
Even after their divorce, Monroe continued to wear her string of pearls that gained more and more fame as the beautiful actress did. The pearls, although not yet up for sale, are safely held by Japanese jeweler Mikimoto and displayed at various exhibits as the owner chooses, though they are incredibly tough to come by. What an addition this famous string of pearls would make to any fashion collector’s overall collection!
Madonna’s Cone Bra
A classic image of the 1980′s, Madonna loved to don outfits that were out of the ordinary and that sparked a little bit of controversy. Perhaps one of her most famous outfits was the one that she wore in the massive hit music video, “Like A Virgin,” the infamous cone-shaped bra.
After that music video, the cone bra became a part of her almost everyday wardrobe, including each performance of her 1987 world tour, “Who’s That Girl,” but the original still exists somewhere. It has been on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Ohio, as well as the Frederick’s of Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles. The original piece sold at an auction in 2011 for $72,000, so unless you have a giant wad of cash stashed away somewhere, you won’t be able to get a hold of this iconic piece!
Pamela Anderson’s Original “Baywatch” Swimsuit
The color of red in the original Baywatch swimsuit speaks for itself – it’s fiery, it’s sexy, it’s iconic. And very few women can wear this color, and especially that bathing suit, with grace, but Pamela Anderson managed to do it for so many years in the “Baywatch” series that she is the one responsible for making both priceless fashion statements.
The question is, where is that original swimsuit, in that fire-engine red, that Pam wore oh-so-well? Well, it would appear she still owns it! Back in 2009, she put the suit back on to walk the runway during Miami Fashion Week, and she looked as good in it as she ever did. So fashion collectors, beware – you’re going to have to pry this piece straight out of the owner’s hands if you expect to ever have it someday!
Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress
The historic wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton received an unprecedented amount of media coverage, from news stations and gossip shows to celebrity-obsessed reporters and, of course, fashion shows.
The obvious fashion aspect was in the simple beauty of Kate’s gorgeous dress. Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton was responsible for creating this piece of beauty with the completely lace sleeves and simple, traditional train. Kate was glowing on her wedding day, and the dress was sent to be on display after the wedding at Buckingham Palace as part of their annual summer exhibition.
Wedding shops to this day are trying to create replicas of Kate’s dress, and the copies started popping up literally hours after the wedding, but no one comes close to the original. Although there is no real price tied to the historic gown, an estimated worth is around $400,000. Sorry collectors, you probably won’t find this one anywhere but in the museums for quite some time!
About The Author: Katelyn Porter is a freelance writer who loves fashion and loves collecting her own unique pieces. One of her biggest collections, though, is her collectible coins that she has been acquiring since the age of 6.