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They dressed to impress

When 'Profiles In History' opens on the 18th of June, visitors to the star-studden auction-cum-homage to Hollywood fashion will be taking a visceral trip down Tinsel-town lane, thanks to Debbie Reynolds' having amassed some of the most iconic outfits of American film history.

Featuring the notorious white dress that Marilyn Monroe made famous whilst poised over that air grate on a New York sidewalk, the show will also star dresses that have graced the forms of modern-day musicians and artists, as well as actresses, Vogue Online tells us.

Jennifer Lopez's unforgettable Versace gown that she wore to the 2000 Grammy awards will get an airing alongside the original 'Little Black Dress': Audrey Hepburn's satorial statement from the film 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'.

'Reynolds had hoped to set up a museum for Hollywood memorabilia, but was unsuccessful in finding a backer.'

'It's not so much that I had vision, it's that they had none,' the Singing In The Rain star - who bought many of the pieces from her former studio MGM - [said.]'

'I'm heartbroken. I don't want to see the collection broken up. It should stay intact. It's a real shame but that's the way it's going to be.'

With the collection expected to fetch a grand total of '$7 million (£4.27 million)', it would take a fashion house itself - the likes of Gucci or Calvin Klein - to ensure these inspirational pieces don't fade into obscurity.

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