Beatnik to Bombshell: Marilyn’s Black Turtleneck

Marilyn by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1953

In an article for Mic, Rachel Lubitz takes a closer look at ‘the undeniably cool and surprisingly feminist history of the turtleneck.’

“While the turtleneck enjoyed success in the military during World War II, the 1950s brought the turtleneck into mainstream popularity again, this time on a very different group of people: beatniks and bombshells. It became a marker for a certain kind of cool, edgy artist … Other fans of the black turtleneck in the ’50s and ’60s were people like Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, Eartha Kitt and Jayne Mansfield, who utilized the turtleneck’s tightness to show off her assets.”