Thursday, June 17, 2010

Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Other than her white dress from The Seven Year Itch, this is Marilyn’s most iconic dress. I have three outfits from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes but I thought I would start with the most memorable one.

Like with other iconic looks (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Wizard of Oz, etc.), my goal was to recreate the look without it seeming like a costume.

Here is my interpretation:
Dress: DKNY Shock Pink Strapless Dress, on sale for $112 via Neiman Marcus
Gloves: Elbow Length Pink Satin Long Glamour Gloves, $15.95 via Platinum
Necklace/ Earrings: 10 Row Adjustable Rhinestone Choker with complimentary earrings, $26.75 via the Rhinestone Jewelry Corporation
Bracelet: 10 Row Stretch Rhinestone Bracelet Crystal Silver, $17.50 via the Rhinestone Jewelry Corporation
Shoes: Forever 21, Crackled Rosette Stilettos, $25.80
Total: $198.00
The dress I selected is shorter, because I think full body bubble-gum pink is a bit much in this day and age. I think a semi-formal length would work for more occasions in daily life too. The cut of this dress is similar to the dress I used in the Tinkerbell look and I think it would flatter and maximize curves at the same time. It also has pockets, which I absolutely love on a semi-formal dress! The price is great too, since this is the main piece in this look.

Next, we needed matching gloves. It would probably be easier to buy a white satin pair and have them dyed to match the dress exactly, but I managed to find a pair that looks very close. These are elbow length instead of above the elbow (to keep them matching the semi-formal dress) and the price is great.

Jewelry was a big pair of this dress. I mean, this look is from the number “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend,” right? Our new motto is “Rhinestones are a girl’s best friend.” This company – the Rhinestone Jewelry Corporation – has great prices on a wide variety of very classic glittering lovelies. I went for the 10-row rhinestone for maximum shine appeal. I found a choker which comes with earrings and a matching bracelet too. I love the idea of wearing the bracelet over gloves. I can’t believe I was able to Marilyn-worthy “diamonds” for only $45.

Lastly, I had to find some shoes. I watched very closely and Marilyn wears black high heels with a strap around the ankle. I need something under $30 to keep the total within my “virtual budget” and these from Forever21 were just right.

My husband took a look at this one and he claims that I did not accomplish my goal with this one. He thinks it looks like a costume. I disagree. I think that you could wear this out dancing or to a party or homecoming dance and it would be seen as a really fun and glamorous look first and then as a Marilyn tribute. What do you think?


  1. i think the gloves matching the dress make it dangerous in the sense of looking too costume-y. i think the way hair and make-up are executed would play a big part in whether it looks like a costume or not.

  2. Thanks Dot! I agree that the hair and makeup would play a huge role in the aggregate look. I think generally you should do one or the other -- statement vintage hair/makeup or statement vintage clothes/accessories -- in everyday life anyway. Your thoughts?



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