Ironically the same year the Oscars kicked out of the live stream the award for best costumes, the biggest fashion night of the year pulls out a dress worn by one of the most, if not THE most, iconic movie star ever: yesterday night at the Met Gala Kim Kardashian wore the iconic Happy Birthday Mr. President dress worn by the one and only Marlyn Monroe! The dress has been a museum piece for 60 years and now it has relived a new era, celebrating the greatness of her owner.
This is just one of the many dresses worn by Monroe that is worth the iconic Met Gala carpet: the star in fact was known for her impeccable sense of style as well as her gorgeous body that let every costume design go crazy with the set wardrobe.
It’s hard even to pick just one outfit to describe Marilyn: the first one that comes to mind is the white dress worn on the set of The Seven Year Itch in 1955, which led to one of the most revolutionary scenes in cinema history, seeing Marilyn stand on a fan which lifted up the dress. At the time this was astonishing!
However, sometimes costume designers asked for a little too much from the producer: in one scene of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Marilyn was supposed to wear a gold dress made out of one piece of shimmer fabric. However, the dress, with a deep cut at the front, was considered too provocative to show in the movie and we can actually see it just from behind. Later Marilyn wore that same dress for an award show, which made everybody turn their head!
Although the gold dress had some trouble but made it into the movie, not every costume had that ending: the gorgeous bright pink gown worn for the “Diamonds are the girls’ best friends” scene was actually a plan B! It was in fact another costume, the original idea of the designer: a showgirl costume, made out of two pieces covered in diamonds. Too provocative for the time and could have created too many rumours after the controversial past of the actress.
These last costumes were created by Bill Travilla, a fashion designer whom Marilyn fought to have by her side most of the time! Now he is for sure a legend and Mugler himself said that he was one of his biggest influences.