On Friday, I visited the Getty Images Gallery, just off Oxford Circus in London, to see its Marilyn exhibition. The exhibition is to commemorate 50 years since the death of Marilyn Monroe, and showcases some amazing, behind-the-scenes candid photos of her at work and at play. But that's not all…. exhibited alongside the photos were a number of original dresses and costumes worn by Miss Monroe herself. The beautiful, beautiful dresses were amazing and a real sight for sore eyes. There was so much to love about them: the 1950's styles, the tailoring details, the fabrics, the handcrafted beading and the fact that they were all indisputably Marilyn Monroe-shaped. It really was a privilege to see such gorgeous vintage tailoring up close. Here are a few of my favourites:
Red sequined dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Flapper dress from Some Like it Hot
White silk and chiffon gown with handcrafted beading from The Prince and the Showgirl
Costume from Bus Stop
Negligee from Niagara
Black silk with an appliqued pink rose at the bodice. Up close, you could even see that the straps had worn away to reveal something that looked a bit like actual horsehair. Would that kind of material have been used to strengthen straps in the 1950's do you think? I'd love to know if anybody is knowledgeable about such things.
Pink Linen Halter-Neck Wiggle Dress worn in Niagara
This was the most casual dress and I totally fell for it. It's quite unprepossessing on the dummy, but just look how different it looks when worn by the lady herself....
It's a fab exhibition and is on until May 23rd, so definitely worth a visit if you're in central London.
In other, slightly less glamorous dress news, I've almost finished my Mad Men Challenge dress. I've made my covered buttons and matching belt (oooh) and just need to sew the buttons on and hem it. Wahay. x