Marilyn was part of the same generation of Hollywood starlets such as Audrey Hepburn but her style was on the complete opposite side of the fashion scales. Whilst Hepburn went for the more classic, minimalistic vibe, Marilyn dressed in a more seductive way and wore outfits which always showed off those amazing curves of hers. Her curvy body (described as “Jell-o on springs” in Some Like it Hot) is what made her stand out amongst the more waif-like 50s and 60s starlets.
Marilyn was famous for many iconic things such as; her trademark platinum blonde hair, beauty mark, that skirt-blowing scene in The Seven Year Itch (legendary) and also being the first cover girl for ‘Playboy’ magazine. One of the most iconic dresses she will be remembered for is the rhinestone covered gown she wore as she “serenaded” President JFK with her version of ‘Happy Birthday’.
She was the first female ‘sex symbol’ and a woman who will never be forgotten. Marilyn will be remembered as the most iconic blonde bombshell of all time. Her natural beauty was obvious as was her ability to ‘wear’ the clothes and not let them wear her. It was not just her fashion but her hair and makeup style that made her a style icon. Platinum blonde curls, beauty spot and red lips were often her trademark look. Her fashion however could be a little more muted in colour but daring in their shape; tight fitting dresses, glitter, heels, white or shimmering gowns for the red carpet; all in classic muted shades such as cream, black, champagne, chocolate brown and white. Whilst Audrey was famous for her pearls, Marilyn loved her diamonds – well she did sing ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’ after all!
But behind all the glitter and smiles was another starlet with a dark cloud hanging over her. A few months after singing to JFK, Marilyn died from an overdose and the world lost a little bit of its sparkle that day. But in the words of Elton John’s ‘Candle in the Wind’: “Your candle burned out long before, your legend never will”.