White bikini of Ursula Andress

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White bikini of Ursula Andress
Designer Ursula Andress, Tessa Prendergast[1]
Year 1962 (1962)
Type White cotton hipster bikini

The White bikini of Ursula Andress (also known as the Dr. No bikini) was a white bikini worn by Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder in the 1962 James Bond film, Dr. No. It is cited as the most famous bikini of all time and an iconic moment in cinematic and fashion history.[2][3][4][5]

Andress's white bikini is regarded as monumental in the history of the bikini, and sales of the two-piece bikini rocketed after the appearance of Andress in Dr. No.[6] The lower part of the bikini features a wide white British Army belt with brass buckles and fittings, and a scabbard on the left side to hold a large knife.

History[edit]

The first bikini had been worn at a Paris fashion show in 1946, but in the 1950s the bikini was still seen as something of a taboo.[7] Andress' bikini proved to be a very important moment in women's history, arriving at the "birth of the sexual revolution"; the 1960s.[8]

Design[edit]

Andress designed the bikini along with Dr. No's costume designer Tessa Prendergast, whom she first met while living in Rome.[9] Andress reported that when she arrived in Jamaica for filming, no costumes were ready. She worked with director Terence Young and the costume designer to create something that fit her 5'6", 36–24–36 frame.[1][10] It was made from ivory cotton and was the only one made and worn by her.[11] It is a white belted, hipster style bikini.[2][6]

Reception[edit]

The Dr. No bikini is cited as the best known bikini of all time and an iconic moment in cinematic and fashion history.[3][4] The moment in which Andress emerges from the sea in the white bikini has been cited amongst the greatest moments in film and one of its most erotic; in a 2003 UK Survey by Channel 4, it was voted number one in "the 100 Greatest Sexy Moments" of cinema.[12][13] The scene has been widely emulated and parodied on screen since.[6] The white bikini is regarded as perhaps the most important in the history of the bikini and sales of the two-piece bikini rocketed after the appearance of Andress in Dr. No.[6] In a survey of 1000 women to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the bikini, Ursula Andress in her white bikini was voted "The Ultimate Bikini Goddess".[14] Andress said that she owed her career to that white bikini, remarking, "This bikini made me into a success. As a result of starring in Dr. No as the first Bond girl, I was given the freedom to take my pick of future roles and to become financially independent."[2][15] Andress auctioned the bikini through Christie's auction house in London, selling it for £35,000 in 2001, less than the £40,000[11] it had been expected to sell.[2][7][16][17]

Homage[edit]

The bikini and scene in Dr. No of Andress emerging from the water was emulated by Halle Berry, who wore an orange bikini with tool belt, in the 2002 James Bond film, Die Another Day.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ursula Andress. Dr. No audio commentary. Dr. No, Ultimate Edition: MGM Home Entertainment. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Former Bond girl to sell Dr No bikini". The Telegraph. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Porterfield, Sally F.; Polette, Keith; Baumlin, Tita French (8 October 2009). Perpetual adolescence: Jungian analyses of American media, literature, and pop culture. SUNY Press. p. 118. ISBN 978-1-4384-2799-7. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Bensimon, Kelly Killoren (5 June 2006). The bikini book. Thames & Hudson. ISBN 978-0-500-51316-3. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Lindner, Christoph (4 August 2009). The James Bond Phenomenon: A Critical Reader. Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0-7190-8095-1. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d Pedersen, Stephanie (30 November 2004). Bra: a thousand years of style, support and seduction. David & Charles. p. 72. ISBN 978-0-7153-2067-9. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Steele, Valerie (2005). Encyclopedia of clothing and fashion. Charles Scribner's Sons. ISBN 978-0-684-31395-5. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Jütting, Kerstin (November 2007). "Grow Up, 007!" - James Bond Over the Decades: Formula Vs. Innovation. GRIN Verlag. p. 59. ISBN 978-3-638-85372-9. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Ursula Andress. Dr. No audio commentary. Dr. No, Ultimate Edition: MGM Home Entertainment. 
  10. ^ Lisanti, Tom; Paul, Louis (April 2002). Film fatales: women in espionage films and television, 1962-1973. McFarland. p. 36. ISBN 978-0-7864-1194-8. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Photos: On this day – July 5, 1946 – the first bikini goes on sale". New Haven Register. -5 July 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  12. ^ Cork, John; D'Abo, Maryam (27 May 2003). Bond girls are forever: the women of James Bond. Harry N. Abrams. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Andress scene voted 'most sexy'". BBC. 30 November 2003. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "Ursula Andress voted ultimate 'bikini goddess". The Daily Telegraph. 20 August 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  15. ^ Weekes, Karen (5 April 2007). Women know everything!: 3,241 quips, quotes, & brilliant remarks. Quirk Books. p. 419. ISBN 978-1-59474-169-2. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  16. ^ Whittaker, Andrew (June 2009). Britain: be fluent in British life and culture. Thorogood Publishing. p. 241. ISBN 978-1-85418-627-0. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  17. ^ Westcott, Kathryn (5 June 2006). "The Bikini: Not a brief affair". BBC News. Retrieved 17 September 2008. 
  18. ^ Rutherford, Paul (11 August 2007). A world made sexy: Freud to Madonna. University of Toronto Press. p. 167. ISBN 978-0-8020-9256-4. Retrieved 16 May 2011.