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Marilyn in Fashion: The Enduring Influence of Marilyn Monroe Hardcover – July 3, 2012
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“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.”
“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.”
“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."
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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.
"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.
Long time lovers of Marilyn will love this book. But the big test is for those that fall into another camp. This former Audrey is now one of the converted. There is so much to admire about Marilyn. This book illustrates her lasting (though underrated) impact on fashion and it is a beautiful tribute to one of the world's most glamorous women.