You may have never seen a Marilyn Monroe movie, but you’ve certainly seen the legendary white dress of the late star.
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The movie Blonde , based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, starring Ana de Armas, has revealed the first images. The girl from Cuba is considered to have the same charisma as the “sex bomb” of the 20th century.
Through the teaser, Ana de Armas recreated a series of famous images of Marilyn Monroe. After months of studying with coaches to adjust her voice and actions, the Cuban actress was said to look “scaryly Marilyn”. And the teaser, to attract the crowd, of course, did not forget to reveal one of the photos that made Marilyn Monroe’s career: The scene with the white dress was speeded up.
1954, on Lexington Avenue between 52nd and 53rd New York City. Marilyn and Tom Ewell stepped out of the cinema and headed for the subway tracks. This is a scene from the movie The Seven Year Itch . The scene was taken at 11 o’clock at night, but attracted thousands of spectators and nearly 200 paparazzi to watch.
The film’s title can be translated as “7-year curse”, about the fading affection of a couple after many years of living together. When the wife and children go on a summer vacation, the husband (Tom Ewell) finds temptation in a neighbor girl (Marilyn Monroe).
The role of Marilyn Monroe in this film is the husband’s imagination. She is just an ordinary woman, but in the eyes of her husband, she turns into a fox.
The scene where Marilyn Monroe’s white dress was torn up is a way to visualize that emotion. In fact, the girl was too hot and just wanted to get some fresh air; so she had to cover her skirt with her hands just waiting to be speeded up. But through the man’s eyes, she was deliberately seducing him.
Today, many people who have never seen the movie The Seven Year Itch still know the image of this speeded white dress, and can still feel the innocence, shyness, charm… all the flavors make up. a “sex bomb” Marilyn Monroe.
This photo of Marilyn Monroe’s ripped white dress has become a classic today. Does anyone know that it’s an old…old idea remixed by photographer Sam Shaw?
In 1952, Sam and Marilyn met on the set of Viva Zapata . At this time, the actress was still just an anonymous small character and Sam was a photographer specializing in stills. However, the two independent spirits quickly connect and forge a beautiful friendship in the heart of the vast New York City.
In 1954, when Marilyn won her role in The Seven Year Itch , she asked Sam to be the lead photographer for the film. The idea of taking a shot of Marilyn’s white dress was born from a shooting Sam had staged in the 1940s for Friday magazine.
In that old photo, he captured the moment a sailor and a young girl from Coney Island strolled through a wind tunnel. The cheerful photo with the skirt fluttering on the cover helped the magazine sell out as soon as it was released. The idea was recreated for Marilyn, with the dress fluttering thanks to… the wind blowing from the subway.
If the 1940 photo helped sell Friday magazine, the 1954 photo goes down in history as one of the most memorable moments of the 20th century.
Have fun: Have you ever wondered what Marilyn Monroe was saying when taking a photo of her skirt? In essence, she was calling out her friend’s nickname, “Hi, Sam Spade,” as she looked into his lens.
The dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in this scene also became a fashion trend in the 50s and 60s in Hollywood.
It’s a knee-length white pleated cocktail dress by designer William Travilla. He was the leading fashion designer of the 20th Century Fox studio at the time. William Travilla has collaborated with Marilyn Monroe in several other works such as How to Marry a Millionaire, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes …
For her dress from The Seven Year Itch , Travilla based her design on a popular 1950s fashion style, mixed with Greek mythology goddess dresses. In fact, the color of the design was ivory, not white, because when filming at that time, white clothes often tended to turn gray.
He uses plain crepe fabric made from rayon acetate rayon. This material creates gentle movements each time the actress moves. But it’s also thick enough that it won’t be blown straight up in the windy scene. Combined with those are pleated lines, deep neckline, open back, shoulders, arms and a slim belt wrapped around the waist.
Looking back, this dress is nothing special. So, why did it successfully become one of the dresses that went down in Hollywood history, creating thousands of copies?
Some people think that because of the revealing scene of Marilyn Monroe (although in reality, the actress wore two pairs of panties, so even if she pulled up her skirt, she would not be afraid of revealing her clothes). But according to Deborah Nadoolman Landis, professor of costume design at the University of California, Los Angeles, commented: “The dress shows the contrasts in Monroe: Innocent and calculated, fragile but brave.”
After the skirt speed scene, Marilyn Monroe was beaten and bruised by her jealous husband Joe DeMaggio. She was so injured that she had to miss work for a whole week. Shortly after, she filed for divorce. Marilyn Monroe may play stupid blondes, but in real life she’s not as humble as her character in the movies. This dress, therefore, is like Marilyn herself.
The white dress Marilyn wore that day had a huge influence in culture and art beyond the imagination of designer William Travilla, who once called it “the crazy white dress”. Many magazines have recreated the classic dress-up moment on the cover photo. Countless fashion shoots, commercials selling soda, cars, etc. borrowed ideas from Sam Shaw.
The scene of actress Kelly LeBrock wearing a red dress on the poster for The Lady in Red (1984). Barbie brand launched a blonde doll wearing a white dress like Marilyn. In 2011, sculptor Seward Johnson created the 8-meter-tall Forever Marilyn with a classic speeded skirt pose.
When designer William Travilla died in 1990, actress Debbie Reynolds bought the design for $200. In 2011, the dress was sold for $4.6 million in an auction organized by Reynolds.
To this day, Marilyn Monroe in a white pleated cocktail dress is still an icon of 20th century Hollywood. And soon, we will have the opportunity to witness this moment again through the movie about the famous Hollywood actress. name Blonde produced by Netflix.
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