I think some of you may have guessed by the name of this blog that I am a huge fan of Marilyn's movies, I probably know every word to Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Diamond's are a Girl's Best Friend is my signature karaoke tune.
So of course when an opportunity came to see her dresses I was straight down to the gallery. It was a very small exhibition but had some wonderful pictures, many of which I hadn't seen before, and the costumes included some of her iconic outfits and there were a few of Marilyn's own dresses that she wore to events.
My aunt and I quickly discussed which ones we could fit into and which ones we would secretly try on if we worked in the gallery and we were the only ones there... come on ladies we all would!
I also think this would be a perfect time to put all these debates on whether Marilyn was a size 12-14 or not to bed.... Yes she was a size 12-14, but a 1950s size 12-14, which is about a modern size 8 to possibly a 10.
As you can see from these photos she was pretty tiny! I also know she wasn't a modern size 14 as when I worked in a Vintage shop in London they had had a dress for sale that had been worn by Marilyn, which eventually sold for around £4000 I believe. Oh to have such a dress!
The measurements for that dress were about 36-24-36, so definitely curvy but petite.
Hopefully that will put to bed the constant conversations I hear on Marilyn's size and now we can just stare in awe at her fabulous figure...
|Look how tiny she was!!|
|The black dress was worn by Marilyn to an evening event and the corset showgirl outfit was for a photoshoot|
|The cream dress I can't remember what it was worn for but the red one is a dress she wore in Niagra - a great movie showcasing a darker and more serious side to her acting.|
|The black dress was again worn to an event and I just love the ruched waist, the costume next to it is the one from Bus Stop.|
|Here I am reading about my favourite costume the one from the opening number from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes!|
|Closer look at the Bus Stop costume|
|I love this one! From the movie There's No Business Like Show Business|
|I'd never seen this picture before and her hair is just amazing in it - must try this soon|
Miss Turnstiles xx