Marilyn – Wedding Attire

Marilyn Monroe was married 3 times.  Her wedding attire each time was more different than the time before.  In this article I’m going to look at each outfit in more detail.

Wedding No. 1: Norma Jeane and James Dougherty – June 19, 1942

It’s widely believed that Norma Jeane’s Aunt Ana made this dress for her, though it has been said that it was borrowed too.  It may be that the dress was borrowed and Ana made alterations to it.  This dress was a typical 1940’s shape with slightly padded shoulders and narrow waist.  It was full-length, covered in lace with ruffles around the neckline and shoulders, and long sleeves.  She wore it with a 40’s style headpiece and a medium length veil.  This dress is the most traditional of Marilyn’s wedding dresses. Continue reading “Marilyn – Wedding Attire”

Happy Birthday Mr. President Dress

Happy Birthday Mr. President Dress

What is now known as the “Happy Birthday Mr. President Dress” has become one of, if not THE, most famous dress of all time.

In early 1962, having been asked to perform at a Democratic fundraiser & JFK’s 45th birthday celebration, Marilyn approached Hollywood designer Jean Louis to design a dress that “only Marilyn Monroe could wear.”

The colour of the nude souffle chiffon dress was said to match Marilyn’s skin tone and was embelleshed with 2,500 hand sown round crystals, strategically positioned so that her modesty was maintained. The dress was a column design with a scoop neck, sleeveless but with shoulder straps, and a zipper that went from the bottom of Marilyn’s rear to her lower back. The zipper was hidden by a hook and eye tab closure. The dress was so form fitting that Louis incorporated an 18 inch slit in the bottom so that Marilyn could walk in it. Continue reading “Happy Birthday Mr. President Dress”

Some Like It Hot – Black Dress

In 1958 Orry Kelly, an Australian fashion designer (1897 – 1964), was signed on as designer for the movie “Some Like It Hot”. Amongst his designs for the movie were a silver/white dress which, in his words, was “of nude souffle draped on the bias to lift her breasts and push her tummy in.  It was so slightly beaded over her breasts that her nipples were not covered and [director] Billy Wilder had to light her with a single spot that left the area strategically in darkness.”
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