By Karli Poliziani

Exquisite Iconography: Marilyn Monroe’s Best 5 Fashion Moments

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Marilyn Monroe, the epitome of glamour and timeless beauty, left an undeniable mark on the world of fashion with her impeccable style choices. Her outfits not only reflected her status as a Hollywood icon but also set trends that continue to inspire designers and fashion enthusiasts to this day.

As all typical fashion lovers, we’re obsessed with deep-diving into Marilyn Monroe‘s most iconic outfits. That is why we’ve compiled five of her top fashion moments throughout her years of fame to showcase the blonde beauty’s unparalleled elegance and flair and give you some fashion inspo.

1. The White Halter Dress from The Seven Year Itch

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One cannot discuss Marilyn Monroe’s fashion without mentioning the iconic white halter dress she wore in the film The Seven Year Itch. The dress, designed by William Travilla, features a plunging neckline and a billowing skirt, creating a captivating visual as it flutters in the wind above a subway grate. This image has become one of the most iconic moments in cinematic history and an embodiment of Marilyn’s sensuality and confidence.

2. The Pink Strapless Gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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In the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Marilyn Monroe donned a stunning pink strapless gown that accentuated her curves and exuded sophistication. The dress, designed by William Travilla, featured intricate beading and a fitted bodice, making Marilyn the centre of attention. This outfit perfectly showcased her ability to blend glamour with a touch of playfulness, cementing her status as a style icon.

3. The Gold Lamé Dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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Continuing with Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, another unforgettable outfit was the gold lamé dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in the musical number “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” This figure-hugging gown, also created by William Travilla, shimmered and sparkled as Marilyn captivated the audience with her magnetic presence. The dress symbolised opulence and Marilyn’s connection to the glitzy world of showbiz.

4. The Red Dress from Niagara

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In the film Niagara, Marilyn Monroe showcased her versatility by trading her usual glamorous image for a more dramatic and mysterious style. She wore a striking red dress designed by Dorothy Jeakins, which contrasted starkly against the dark and suspenseful storyline. The dress emphasized her alluring figure while capturing the essence of her character’s dangerous allure.

5. The Some Like It Hot Ensemble

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In the classic comedy Some Like It Hot, Marilyn Monroe sported an array of eye-catching outfits that highlighted her comedic timing and sensual charm. One of the standout ensembles was the white, form-fitting dress she wore during the famous “I wanna be loved by you” scene. Designed by Orry-Kelly, this dress showcased Marilyn’s curves and showcased her ability to seamlessly transition between elegance and humour.

Marilyn Monroe’s fashion choices have left an indelible legacy that continues to influence the world of style and beauty. From the iconic white halter dress in The Seven Year Itch to the glittering gold lamé gown in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, each outfit she wore reflected her unique blend of elegance, confidence, and charm. Marilyn Monroe’s ability to effortlessly carry off diverse styles, whether it was the sultry allure of the red dress in Niagara or the comedic playfulness of her Some Like It Hot ensembles, solidified her as a true fashion icon.

Her timeless outfits remain benchmarks of style and serve as a testament to her enduring impact on the world of fashion and pop culture. Marilyn Monroe will forever be remembered not only for her remarkable talent but also for her impeccable fashion sense that continues to inspire and captivate fashion enthusiasts around the globe.

This story originally appeared in GRAZIA International.