In honor of what would’ve been Miss Norma Jean’s 91st birthday this June 1st, I put together some of her best and most recognizable outfits. While Marilyn looked fabulous in everything she wore, these are are especially fabulous!
10. Here’s Marilyn in one of her best colors – white! This one has her wrapped in white fur. Winsome in White Fur, NY, 1955 © Milton H Greene / Archive Images
9. Marilyn in glasses! Fabulous 50’s cat eye glasses! This image is from the 1953 movie How to Marry a Millionaire where she played Pola Debevoise.
8. Next up is Marilyn Monroe in a casual black turtleneck. Photographed in the spring of 1953 by Alfred Eisenstaedt at Monroe’s Beverly Hills home for LIFE Magazine.
7. No one wore high waisted short shorts like Marilyn wore high waisted short shorts!
6. We’re now getting down to the gown portion of our post! These fabulous matching red sequined gowns designed by William Travilla were worn in the 1953 movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Marilyn and her co-star Jane Russell.
5. The infamous gold Travilla gown that she wore when she sang Happy Birthday Mr. President to JFK. Marilyn photographed at President Kennedy’s Birthday Gala, May 19th 1962.
4. This pink beauty is another one of the many William Travilla designed dresses that Marilyn has worn. Worn in the 1953 movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes during her Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend number.
3. Ah, the gorgeous Travilla (yet again!) gold lame gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (again!).
2. The “Ballerina” series is one of Milton & Marilyn’s most recognized collaborations and was created in October of 1954 at his New York studio. Marilyn was in New York for the opening of the Seven Year Itch. Designer Anne Klein sent various outfits for Marilyn to wear, however all were 2 sizes too small, so the poses in this sitting amusingly deal with her problem of holding up the ill-fitting tulle and satin dress. The most recognized image from this sitting was chosen as one of Time-Life’s 3 most popular images of the 20th Century.© Milton H. Greene, 1954
1. Finally! Another gorgeous Travilla designed dress, it’s the most iconic dress Marilyn Monroe ever wore. The image is from the 1955 movie The Seven Year Itch and the dress even has it’s own Wikipedia page!
Which of Marilyn’s iconic dresses is your favorite?