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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; 1 edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762443324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762443321
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daily Mail (UK)
“Marilyn’s iconic status as a film star overshadows her other major influence – on fashion and designers. From her uplifted white dress in The Seven Year Itch to her more casual sweaters and Capri pants, this sumptuous book is yet another excuse to gaze at Marilyn and the designers created for her by Hollywood’s top fashion brains, captured by her favourite photographers.”

Sunday Telegraph’s Stella Magazine (UK)
“Published to mark 50 years since Monroe’s death, MARILYN IN FASHION looks at her relationships with designers and make-up artists. The images of her early years, before she was a peroxide blonde, are reinventing.”
 
Total Film (UK)
“Showing how the star got to the top by dressing to thrill, it shines a new light on the shrewd intelligence working behind that pretty face."

King Feature Syndicate
"This is a fascinating book with hundreds of rare and never-before published photos. The insights from the designers, co-stars, and Marilyn herself, offer a behind-the-screens glimpse at one of the most extraordinary people of the twentieth century. Marilyn in Fashion is an absolute joy and a fitting tribute to the style evolution of one of Hollywood’s ultimate icons."

Newsday
“We love the in-depth look at Marilyn's dresses, hair, makeup and accessories, and her relationships with different designers, from Norman Norell to Jean Louis.”

Associated Press
“Putting the spotlight on the designers that decorated Marilyn's famous figure, "Marilyn in Fashion" is an intriguing look at the way Monroe controlled her self-image via fashion. Full of full-color photos and divided in sections by designers such as Oleg Cassini and Emilio Pucci, the book tells the rarely told stories behind iconic looks such as the white dress she wore over the subway grate in "The Seven Year Itch" and the sequined gown she wore to sing "Happy Birthday" to President John Kennedy.”

Parade Magazine
"Marilyn in Fashion . . . proves who really wrote the book on 'iconic style.'"

About the Author

Christopher Nickens has been writing about Hollywood luminaries for over twenty-five years. His credits include a definitive photo biography of Bette Davis, which the star herself called "The most sensational record of my life in book form as yet." He lives in Los Angeles.
 
George Zeno, a former fashion illustrator for 7th avenue design houses is owner of arguably the largest privately owned collection on Marilyn Monroe in the World. He is known as one of the leading authorities on the star, once profiled in Life magazine as the ultimate Marilyn expert. He lives in New York.

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The text is well written; informative and very interesting.
S. Aaltonen
Substantial 300-page coffee table book, chock full of fabulous photos from Zeno's vast collection, plus his fashion illustrations.
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I would highly recommend this to any Marilyn Monroe fan and any MArilyn Monroe collector.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Joe, The on June 26, 2012
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I took a chance on ordering this book because I was afraid it would be just a fashion guide, but as it turns out it is an awesome and eyepopping gallery of photos in 280 pages. All the pages are slick and that adds great allure to all the photos. And, ahh, those photos. Yes there are many that you have seen before, but now, with the authors help, you know more about what she is wearing and who designed it. I have a great number of books of Marilyn photos, but there are a great many
photos in this book that I have never seen. 50 years after her death and there are still new photos to be released. Where did these guys find them? There is a list of the photography credits in the back of the book so you can try and track down more. George Zeno takes the most credit and it is a testimony to his fifty-five years of collecting Marilyn photos. And it is a blessing that he is sharing them with us.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By James Spada on June 22, 2012
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Christopher Nickens and George Zeno are old friends of mine, but even if I'd never meant them I would rave about this book. It is hefty and lavish, stylishly designed, and beautifully produced. There are plenty of black & white and color photos; some are iconic, others are never-before-seen (and some of these new pics are just delightful). I found the book a revelation because I never paid close attention to Marilyn's clothes, other than to think--almost all the time--that she looked smashing. But like everything else in her career, Marilyn was a perfectionist with her clothes, and she knew exactly what was right for her. There are wonderful revelations in the text, which I won't spoil, and it's great fun to find out what color a dress was, what material it was made of, and what little tweaks MM made to make it perfect for her. (For one all-white outfit, she bought white stockings at a nurse's supply store!) The book contains sections on all the major designers Marilyn worked with, as well as sections on her hairdos, makeup, hats, coats, etc. All in all this book is a treat for Monroe afficionados, and a worthy addition to the Monroe bibliographic canon.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Virginia B. on June 30, 2012
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A very nice book about Marilyn that is, for the most part, upbeat. Beautiful photography and stories behind the costumes. Also, it depicts her reasoning behind the outfits. It is amazing that the designers used material that the rest of us would not consider. That is a surprise you need to read for yourself. Highly recommend the book to keep in your library.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Wigh on July 7, 2012
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Excellent and beautifully done. Not a re-hash of everything you have seen before. Interesting information about Marilyn's style and her designers. Highly recommend. Worth every penny.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Aaltonen on June 28, 2012
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Tons of books have been published about Marilyn Monroe, and this year has already seen many new titles, as it's been 50 years since her untimely death. Marilyn In Fashion is different from others, because as the title suggests, this book concentrates on Marilyn's clothes, costumes, hair, make-up and everything else that can be considered fashion. And it does a wonderful job. The text is well written; informative and very interesting. Several of Marilyn's costume designers are featured, but there's only a short bio on each one of them - which is good. Same goes for Marilyn: this is not supposed to be a full biography, and it doesn't try to be - which again is a good thing. What makes this book so gorgeous is the layout and the amount of high quality photos. There are pictures which are very familiar to a fan, but there are also many interesting rarer pictures. Marilyn In Fashion instantly became one of my favorite Marilyn Monroe books - which speaks very highly of it. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in Marilyn, or anyone who's interested in a fashion icon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Thomas VINE VOICE on October 7, 2012
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I've never really identified with Marilyn Monroe or even watched more than a handful of her movies. I have always considered myself to be more of an Audrey than a Marilyn, even though my body is more Marilyn than anything else. My interest in this book was based purely on a love of fashion and the chance to learn more about how to dress my body. I learned invaluable fashion lessons and some interesting things about this complex, smart and beautiful woman.

"Marilyn in Fashion" takes us through Marilyn's fashion transformation from wholesome girl next door Norma Jean to sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. It is a study of how clothes can change how you feel about yourself as well as others perceptions of you. Marilyn wore designer clothes as well as off the rack and sometimes very inexpensive clothing. She found out early on what shapes and styles worked for her and she was true to them. But she also was willing to try new things and get outside of her comfort zone.

This book is less a fashion "how-to" and more of a love letter to this fashion icon and the designers that created such beautiful designs for her over the years. It is filled with commentary and candid remarks about Marilyn and how her fashion sense evolved over the years. It is also filled with stunningly beautiful photographs and illustrations that really emphasis how beautiful Marilyn and the clothing that she wore really was.

Hair and makeup are touched on as well. But the clothing takes center stage here. Her iconic dresses in "Some like It Hot", "The Misfits" and "The Seven Year Itch" are all mentioned in detail here. There are also references to countless other costumes as well as clothing that she wore to promotional events and in regular everyday life.
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