Each on display screen and in public, Marilyn Monroe was as glamorous as may very well be, swathed in luxurious robes that might go down in historical past as a few of the most iconic of all time.
She usually wore elegant seems created by costume designers like William Travilla in her movies — and would pull a few of the robes for crimson carpet premieres, too. Photographer Milton Inexperienced’s spouse, Amy Greene, relayed to Elizabeth Winder for her e-book Marilyn In Manhattan: Her 12 months Of Pleasure, “At any time when she wanted one thing to exit, she’d go to her buddy within the wardrobe division at Twentieth. She’d borrow one thing, after which the following morning she’d deliver it again with a $50 invoice slipped in.”
As for her most memorable vogue moments, there are few who aren’t aware of the plunging white halter robe with a pleated skirt she wore in The Seven 12 months Itch or the floor-length sizzling pink robe with an outsized bow that she titillated audiences with whereas performing “Diamonds Are a Woman’s Greatest Buddy” in Gents Desire Blondes.
The beige beaded robe that she wore to sing “Completely happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy in 1962 is equally as well-known. Kim Kardashian wore the costume to the 2022 Met Gala. Whereas Dr. Justine De Younger of the Trend Institute of Expertise advised PEOPLE the transfer was “irresponsible and pointless,” Monroe’s property supported Kardashian, with Nick Woodhouse of Genuine Model Teams (the corporate in control of the property) saying that Monroe would’ve celebrated the truth star’s alternative of wardrobe.
Maintain studying to revisit all the different unimaginable vogue moments Marilyn Monroe created over time.
Marilyn Monroe at her marriage ceremony to James Dougherty in 1942
- 1 Marilyn Monroe at her marriage ceremony to James Dougherty in 1942
- 2 Marilyn Monroe at a portrait session in Los Angeles in 1946
- 3 Marilyn Monroe posing for a portrait in Los Angeles in 1946
- 4 Marilyn Monroe in the beginning of her film profession in 1947
- 5 Marilyn Monroe posing for a portrait in Los Angeles in 1947
- 6 Marilyn Monroe in agent Johnny Hyde’s yard in 1950
- 7 Marilyn Monroe in The Asphalt Jungle in 1950
- 8 Marilyn Monroe on the seashore in 1951
- 9 Marilyn Monroe on the twenty third Academy Awards in 1951
- 10 Marilyn Monroe studying fan mail in 1952
- 11 Marilyn Monroe in Life journal in 1953
- 12 Marilyn Monroe in Niagara in 1953
- 13 Marilyn Monroe in Gents Desire Blondes in 1953
- 14 Marilyn Monroe in Gents Desire Blondes in 1953
- 15 Marilyn Monroe in Gents Desire Blondes in 1953
- 16 Marilyn Monroe in Gents Desire Blondes in 1953
- 17 Marilyn Monroe at Grauman’s Chinese language Theatre in 1953
- 18 Marilyn Monroe in Methods to Marry a Millionaire in 1953
- 19 Marilyn Monroe after the Methods to Marry a Millionaire premiere in 1953
- 20 Marilyn Monroe at her marriage ceremony to Joe DiMaggio in 1954
- 21 Marilyn Monroe posing for Milton Greene’s Ballerina Sitting collection in 1954
- 22 Marilyn Monroe in There’s No Enterprise Like Present Enterprise in 1954
- 23 Marilyn Monroe on the premiere of There’s No Enterprise Like Present Enterprise in 1954
- 24 Marilyn Monroe in her Palm Springs backyard in 1954
- 25 Marilyn Monroe in River of No Return in 1954
- 26 Marilyn Monroe visiting the twenty fifth Marine division in Korea in 1954
- 27 Marilyn Monroe in The Seven 12 months Itch in 1955
- 28 Marilyn Monroe in The Seven 12 months Itch in 1955
- 29 Marilyn Monroe posing for a photograph in 1955
- 30 Marilyn Monroe lounging on the ground in 1955
- 31 Marilyn Monroe in entrance of her California residence in 1956
- 32 Marilyn Monroe assembly Queen Elizabeth on the Royal Command Efficiency in 1956
- 33 Marilyn Monroe internet hosting a press social gathering at her Los Angeles residence in 1956
- 34 Marilyn Monroe at her marriage ceremony to Arthur Miller in 1956
- 35 Marilyn Monroe on the premiere of The Prince and the Showgirl in 1957
- 36 Marilyn Monroe in Some Prefer it Scorching in 1959
- 37 Marilyn Monroe on the premiere of Some Like It Scorching in 1959
- 38 Marilyn Monroe boarding a aircraft to Chicago in 1959
- 39 Marilyn Monroe in Let’s Make Love in 1960
- 40 Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits in 1960
- 41 Marilyn Monroe touchdown in New York Metropolis in 1961
- 42 Marilyn Monroe on the Golden Globe Awards in 1962
- 43 Marilyn Monroe at President John F. Kennedy’s birthday celebration in 1962
For her marriage ceremony to neighbor James Dougherty, Monroe, then 16 and generally known as Norma Jeane Mortenson, selected a easy streamlined robe with ruched sleeves and a modest scoop neckline. The couple, who have been wed for 4 years, married on the suggestion of Monroe’s foster mom to keep away from sending her again to the orphanage, in line with Dougherty. As he later advised United Press Worldwide in 1990, per the Los Angeles Occasions, “I by no means knew Marilyn Monroe, and I do not declare to have any insights to her to at the present time. I knew and cherished Norma Jeane.”
Marilyn Monroe at a portrait session in Los Angeles in 1946
For a portrait session in January 1946, Monroe wore a easy crimson crewneck sweater, a pair of houndstooth Bermuda shorts and a brown Western belt.
Marilyn Monroe posing for a portrait in Los Angeles in 1946
Throughout one other picture shoot in 1946, the longer term actress seemed like a younger Judy Garland in overalls and a crimson striped high together with her hair in a crimson bow.
Marilyn Monroe in the beginning of her film profession in 1947
The actress wore this show-stopping quantity, which featured a good bodice with an off-the-shoulder neckline and a tiered skirt embellished with bows, early on in her movie profession.
Marilyn Monroe posing for a portrait in Los Angeles in 1947
Shortly after being signed by twentieth Century-Fox, the 21-year-old confirmed off a much more demure fashion than the one she would come to be recognized for throughout a 1947 photoshoot with Earl Thiesen. She stood within the grass in a floor-length robin’s egg blue frock with floral embroidering on the bust, sleeves and skirt. The costume additionally featured see-through sleeves.
Marilyn Monroe in agent Johnny Hyde’s yard in 1950
The identical 12 months she made her movie debut, the starlet seemed radiant whereas visiting expertise agent Johnny Hyde in a pair of shorts that confirmed off her legs and a quarter-sleeve turtleneck with banded stripes on the arms and collar.
Marilyn Monroe in The Asphalt Jungle in 1950
Monroe breathed new life into the little black costume with this off-the-shoulder model she wore within the 1950 movie The Asphalt Jungle. She paired the quantity with black sheer tights and black heels.
Marilyn Monroe on the seashore in 1951
The Hollywood legend was pictured in many various bikinis all through her profession, however this polka dot one circa 1951 is probably essentially the most recognized. The go well with featured ruffled trim for added flirtiness.
Marilyn Monroe on the twenty third Academy Awards in 1951
For her one and solely look on the Oscars, the place she offered the Academy Award for Greatest Sound Mixing, Monroe selected an ultra-glamorous, black off-the-shoulder princess costume. The robe was reportedly created for Italian actress Valentina Cortese for the 1951 movie The Home on Telegraph Hill.
Marilyn Monroe studying fan mail in 1952
The actress seemed glamorous whereas carrying a lacy black gown over a pink robe to learn fan mail shortly after the discharge of her newest image, The Asphalt Jungle.
Marilyn Monroe in Life journal in 1953
Dressed down in a black turtleneck and a pair of white capris, Monroe seemed sharp and chic for a collection of images taken for Life journal by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt. Her outfit was later recreated by Ana de Armas for Netflix’s Blonde biopic.
Marilyn Monroe in Niagara in 1953
For her half as Rose Loomis in Niagara, Monroe wore a cropped go well with jacket and an identical pencil skirt with a strapless blue high with a bow on the aspect.
Marilyn Monroe in Gents Desire Blondes in 1953
One in all Monroe’s most iconic seems is the recent pink strapless quantity she wore for her “Diamonds Are a Woman’s Greatest Buddy” quantity in Gents Desire Blondes.
“I took a superb candy-pink silk peau d’ange made in Paris and flattened that to a large billiard felt with an overlay of silk,” designer William Travilla stated in 2011’s Dressing Marilyn, per Vogue. “Other than the 2 aspect seams, the costume was folded into form quite like cardboard. Some other woman would have seemed like she was carrying cardboard, however on display screen I swear you’d have thought Marilyn had on a pale, skinny piece of silk. Her physique was so fabulous it nonetheless got here via,” he defined.
Travilla accessorized the well-known costume with a pair of matching opera-length gloves. As for the outsized bow on the again, it was full of horse hair to assist it preserve its form.
Marilyn Monroe in Gents Desire Blondes in 1953
Travilla was additionally behind the horny gold lamé getup Monroe was briefly noticed in throughout Gents Desire Blondes. The halter-style design featured a plunging neckline and sunburst pleating with an open again. It was additionally skintight, with Monroe reportedly needing to be sewn into it.
The actress later wore it to the Photoplay Gold Medal awards dinner, the place she took residence the award for hottest feminine star.
Marilyn Monroe in Gents Desire Blondes in 1953
Although the pink costume from Gents Desire Blondes is the one most-oft referenced, the orange fishtail robe Travilla created for the movie can be memorable. With ruching down the entrance and a beaded heart, the costume is claimed to have brought about theater-goers to gasp when the actress appeared in it alongside costar Jane Russell, who seemed equally radiant in her personal beaded black sequin robe.
Marilyn Monroe in Gents Desire Blondes in 1953
The matching marriage ceremony attire that Monroe and Russell wore in Gents Desire Blondes have been much more dramatic than any of the attire the blonde bombshell wore for her real-life nuptials to Dougherty, Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller. Designed by Travilla, they featured a mock neck, a sheer lace bodice with voluminous bell sleeves and a pleated tulle skirt. In addition they buttoned midway up the again.
Marilyn Monroe at Grauman’s Chinese language Theatre in 1953
Monroe and her Gentleman Desire Blondes costar Russell seemed attractive in near-matching halter attire whereas having their hand and footprints immortalized in moist cement on the Grauman’s Chinese language Theatre. Although each robes have been reduce to the mid-calf, Monroe’s featured eyelet detailing all through whereas Russell’s had a polka dot print.
“Marilyn and I have been invited so as to add our footprints to these already cemented in at Grauman’s Chinese language Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. We have been each carrying summer time attire and excessive heels as we posed, arms linked collectively, for the photographers. We have been thrilled past phrases,” Russell later remembered of the second in her eponymous autobiography.
Marilyn Monroe in Methods to Marry a Millionaire in 1953
Even the swimwear for Methods to Marry a Millionaire, which was designed by Travilla underneath Charles LaMeire, seemed couture. This crimson one-piece featured diamond pins on the hip and chest.
Marilyn Monroe after the Methods to Marry a Millionaire premiere in 1953
For the premiere of Methods to Marry a Millionaire, Monroe as soon as once more turned to Travilla for her wardrobe. The ensuing look reportedly took six hours of prep, as she needed to be sewn into the costume. It featured a sheer nude underlay and white French lace by Sophie Hallette, which Travilla personalised with sequins. It was topped it off with a white fur stole and Monroe’s signature opera gloves.
Marilyn Monroe at her marriage ceremony to Joe DiMaggio in 1954
Monroe went towards the normal grain for her marriage ceremony to second husband DiMaggio, choosing a dark-colored button-down go well with with a furry Peter Pan collar for his or her metropolis corridor ceremony.
Marilyn Monroe posing for Milton Greene’s Ballerina Sitting collection in 1954
Whereas Monroe posed for greater than 50 images for photographer Milton Greene, essentially the most well-known was undoubtedly the 1954 Ballerina Sitting collection he did with the actress — one shot of which was named as one of many high three images of the century by TIME journal. Its success was due largely because of the beautiful white tulle-and-satin frock Monroe wore by New York designer Herbert Kasper. Although the costume did not fairly match (it was two sizes too small), requiring her to carry up the entrance of the bodice, she reportedly took it “in stride.”
Marilyn Monroe in There’s No Enterprise Like Present Enterprise in 1954
1954’s There’s No Enterprise Like Present Enterprise noticed Monroe crew up with Travilla as soon as extra to deliver his flashy clothes to life. Right here, she’s seen in a form-fitting robe with beaded elaborations that crescendo right into a dramatic pouf on the backside of the skirt.
Marilyn Monroe on the premiere of There’s No Enterprise Like Present Enterprise in 1954
Monroe revisited an identical silhouette to the belted strapless one she donned in Gents Desire Blondes whereas attending the 1954 premiere of There’s No Enterprise Like Present Enterprise, albeit with an added fur stole and a extra streamlined match.
Marilyn Monroe in her Palm Springs backyard in 1954
The previous mannequin seemed stylish even when dressed down, as evidenced by the black-and-white striped turtleneck she was photographed in at her Palm Springs, California, residence backyard.
Marilyn Monroe in River of No Return in 1954
For her flip as a bar singer in River of No Return, Monroe carried out in a crimson quantity with swirly black sequine embroidery and delicate beaded off-the-shoulder straps.
Marilyn Monroe visiting the twenty fifth Marine division in Korea in 1954
In 1954, Monroe carried out for U.S. troops stationed in Korea in a shiny purple spaghetti strap design. The costume was not too long ago placed on show in Bendigo, Australia, in 2016.
Marilyn Monroe in The Seven 12 months Itch in 1955
Everybody remembers the second when Monroe’s costume blew up over the subway grate in The Seven 12 months Itch. The plunging halter piece grew to become an enormous a part of the actress’s legacy.
Monroe reportedly wore two pairs of undergarments in an effort to hold the gang from getting an eyeful whereas filming the scene, which passed off in New York at 1 a.m. Fellow actress Debbie Reynolds later bought the robe for $200 and offered it for over $4 million in 2011.
Marilyn Monroe in The Seven 12 months Itch in 1955
One other costume from The Seven 12 months Itch, the “tiger robe” featured black stripes over gold material, a slit and a tulle practice. The actress additionally paired the look with black night gloves.
Marilyn Monroe posing for a photograph in 1955
Monroe was all smiles in 1955 when she posed for an image in a black night robe with a singular, yarn-like shoulder strap at one aspect, a strapless bustline and a mermaid tail. She beforehand wore the piece to the 1952 Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation award ceremony.
Marilyn Monroe lounging on the ground in 1955
Monroe seemed each bit the film star whereas lounging on a white satin sheet and a white fur coat in a crimson brocade night robe with spaghetti straps. She accessorized with lengthy, dangling diamond earrings, black tights and pumps.
Marilyn Monroe in entrance of her California residence in 1956
Smiling in a belted trench coat, Monroe seemed stylish and relaxed outdoors her Brentwood, California, residence.
Marilyn Monroe assembly Queen Elizabeth on the Royal Command Efficiency in 1956
The display screen siren broke royal protocol with the gold lamé robe she wore to satisfy Queen Elizabeth II at a 1956 screening for The Battle of River Plate on the Empire Theatre in London. Visitors have been requested to decorate “conservatively” and “in an appropriate method to satisfy royalty,” in line with the 2022 e-book When Marilyn Met the Queen. Nonetheless, Monroe’s costume, although initially lined by an identical cape, was reduce low sufficient to indicate the highest of her décolletage, instantly ignoring the ask to not put on something “so low-cut that they confirmed an excessive amount of cleavage.”
The ensemble reportedly earned the Hollywood A-lister a “transient search for and down” by the Queen, who is claimed to have later advised a buddy, “I assumed Miss Monroe was a really candy individual. However I felt sorry for her, as a result of she was so nervous that she had licked all of her lipstick off.”
The modern black satin slip costume, which Monroe was photographed in whereas internet hosting a press social gathering in 1956 is true consistent with the makeover she reportedly obtained from photographer Greene’s spouse, Amy, a number of years prior.
An excerpt from Elizabeth Winder’s e-book, Marilyn in Manhattan: Her 12 months of Pleasure, revealed that Milton was “exasperated” with the star’s off-screen clothes sense, reportedly telling her, “Look. … You may have one thing that appears improbable on display screen, however you stroll round like a slob.” As Winder defined within the e-book, “[Marilyn would] simply return to the previous garments she was used to — slacks reduce too quick that by no means actually match, blouses that by no means actually had the proper traces.”
Because the story goes, Milton even enlisted Amy to assist Monroe together with her closet wants. “She went to her good buddy, the designer Anne Klein, and stated, ‘Hear, I’ve a buddy and she or he’s an actress’ — I by no means advised Annie who it was — ‘and I would like some garments as a result of she has no vogue sense and I’ve to decorate her up,’ Amy recalled. “And Annie stated, ‘Come and get what you need. The outcome was a capsule assortment of black sheaths and slips, horny however easy and completely in tune with Marilyn’s aesthetics.”
In accordance with the e-book, as soon as she discovered her fashion groove, Monroe had cheaper variations of the couture seems made.
Marilyn Monroe at her marriage ceremony to Arthur Miller in 1956
Whereas Monroe wore a pencil skirt and a easy shirt for her official courthouse marriage ceremony to playwright Miller, she had a one other look lined up for a secondary ceremony within the type of a Norman Norell robe with an empire waist, a ruched neckline and a tea-length skirt. She topped it off with a short-but-sweet veil.
Marilyn Monroe on the premiere of The Prince and the Showgirl in 1957
For the premiere of The Prince and the Showgirl, the primary manufacturing from Monroe’s firm, Marilyn Monroe Productions, the entrepreneur dazzled in a fitted satin costume with a mermaid silhouette. She paired the ensemble with full-length gloves and a satin stole.
Marilyn Monroe in Some Prefer it Scorching in 1959
Australian costume designer Orry-Kelly received an Oscar for his vogue designs in Monroe’s 1959 movie, Some Like It Scorching, through which she wore this black-and-nude cocktail costume with beaded fringe and butterfly appliqués. It has been stated that the costume was so tight, the star needed to be lifted on high of the piano she sang on in it.
Marilyn Monroe on the premiere of Some Like It Scorching in 1959
Monroe wore one more of her movie designs to the premiere of Some Like It Scorching when she stepped out in an embellished ivory crepe robe with bugle beads that swung loosely on the backside. Followers would later see the robe in 1960’s Let’s Make Love, for which Dorothy Jeakins was the costume designer.
Marilyn Monroe boarding a aircraft to Chicago in 1959
The movie legend bundled up in a luxe fur coat whereas boarding a aircraft at La Guardia airport en path to Chicago for the premiere of Some Like It Scorching.
Marilyn Monroe in Let’s Make Love in 1960
In a departure from her normal ultra-tight night robes, costume designer Dorothy Jeakins outfitted Monroe in a chunky cable-knit Aran sweater from Cleo Ltd and a pair of sheer black tights.
Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits in 1960
The Golden Globe winner’s ensemble for The Misfits could have been easy — she wore a brown belt, a white cotton voile shirt and a pair of Woman Levi’s (the primary line of denims for ladies) — however the costume had a significant fashion impression. In accordance with Vogue U.Okay., it was this very getup that helped popularize denim for ladies.
It wasn’t the primary time she’d donned the look, both: Monroe additionally wore Foremost JCP denims for 1954’s River of No Return, which have been auctioned off by Tommy Hilfiger in 2017. The designer additionally reportedly gifted denims beforehand worn by Monroe to each Britney Spears and Naomi Campbell.
Marilyn Monroe touchdown in New York Metropolis in 1961
Monroe threw it again to a preferred ’30s fashion with the houndstooth-printed coat she wore over a stable costume whereas touching down by means of jet in New York Metropolis.
Marilyn Monroe on the Golden Globe Awards in 1962
Monroe took residence her third Golden Globe Award in 1962. For the event, she donned a inexperienced sequined robe with a draped neckline designed by Norman Norell. She completed the look with a pair of sparkly diamond earrings.
“All the things needed to be skintight,” Norell reportedly stated of designing for the starlet within the 2017 e-book Marilyn in Manhattan: Her 12 months of Pleasure. “You needed to reinforce each seam or every little thing would break.”
“To high off my night time after The Met, I had the honour of turning into Marilyn Monroe’s Norman Norell costume that she wore to the Golden Globes in 1962 — the place she obtained the Henrietta Award For World Movie Favourite,” Kardashian wrote on Instagram in Could 2022. “In my quest to seek out the Jean Louis hand-beaded costume that I wore to the gala, I found @heritageauctions owned Marilyn’s iconic inexperienced sequined robe. … It can ceaselessly be one of many biggest privileges of my life to have the ability to channel my internal Marilyn on this method, on such a particular night time.”
Marilyn Monroe at President John F. Kennedy’s birthday celebration in 1962
Other than her pleated white costume in The Seven 12 months Itch, Monroe can be remembered for the $12,000 sparkler she wore whereas singing “Completely happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York forward of his forty fifth birthday on Could 19, 1962.
Sketched by Bob Mackie on the age of 23 and crafted by Jean Louie, the sheer beige quantity featured 2,500 hand-sewn crystals. The customized piece was so form-fitting that Monroe reportedly needed to be sewn into it. She additionally forwent undergarments regardless of the 18-inch slit within the again.
The robe was first offered at a Christie’s public sale in 1999 for a cool $1.27 million. In 2015, nevertheless, it was bought by Ripley’s Imagine It Or Not for a record-breaking $4.81 million. The determine beat the earlier document of $4.6 million set by one other merchandise of Monroe’s: the pleated costume she so famously wore for The Seven 12 months Itch.
Kardashian borrowed the robe for the 2022 Met Gala, which had a theme of “In America: An Anthology of Trend,” carrying it on the steps of the Met earlier than turning into a duplicate. As she relayed to Vogue, “These days everybody wears sheer attire, however again then that was not the case. In a way, it is the unique bare costume. That is why it was so surprising.”