John Vachon: A ‘Lost Look’ at Marilyn

My profile of photographer John Vachon, whose work with Marilyn Monroe is collected in a new book, Marilyn, August 1953: The Lost ‘Look’ Photos, has been posted on the Immortal Marilyn website.

My fellow Immortal Marilyn staffers are currently adding monthly updates for February, so watch out for more new features (articles, reviews, artwork) over the next few days.

And while you’re there, please consider donating to the St Valentine’s Day Flowers for Marilyn appeal. A bouquet will be left at Monroe’s grave, and all profits will be sent to the Animal Haven charity.

If you’re interested in participating, please contact Immortal Marilyn’s president and webmistress, Mary Sims: mary@immortalmarilyn.com

Marilyn and Jackie in 2011

Pamela Keogh Clarke, author of Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn?, offers her thoughts on how these two iconic women might have fared in today’s world of reality TV and social networks…

“Jackie would have loved Facebook for the JFK Library, and would have used it to keep in touch while also keeping everyone at bay. And she would have shopped, absolutely, at sites like Net-a-Porter, Gilt, Chanel. But her email address would be like the nuclear code, probably three people would have had her email address.

“They both had somewhat addictive personalities, Marilyn would lose a lot of stuff, probably leave her phone in the back of a cab. She would use Facebook to stay in touch with her fans, she had an obsessive need for publicity, Facebook would have been perfect for that.”

The two women are transcendent in stature and continue to influence today’s culture; we asked Ms. Keogh how she thought they would fit into a society obsessed with celebrities. (The talented author’s response even referenced one of our original Anti-Preps!)

“Their attractiveness came from their accomplishments.  They were both very dignified women, they would *not* have done reality shows. Neither one of them would have done endorsements of things, unless maybe Marilyn Monroe was asking people to donate to something like the ASPCA.

They both also had mystique and you don’t have mystique when you’re followed around by TV cameras. [Marilyn] wasn’t like Kim Kardashian.”

We also spoke of designers the women might favor should they still be with us today. Ms. Keogh believes Jackie Kennedy Onassis would still be sporting Oscar de la Renta, perhaps Ralph Rucci, others creating classic, good-looking fashions.  She thinks Marilyn Monroe would be wearing Alexander McQueen were she twenty years old today, but in reality, probably more dignified labels like Valentino.

Read Pamela’s interview in full at The Preppy Princess

Marilyn in Jewellery Ad Campaign

The ‘Dreams’ collection has been launched by the Brazilian jeweller, Amsterdam Sauer, and Milton Greene’s classic photographs of Marilyn (the ballerina sessions and black sitting) are being used to promote it.

Predictably, ‘Coco’ Perez Hilton is baffled: ‘What’s weird, besides the fact that she’s dead,’ the infamous gossip blogger mused, ‘Marilyn isn’t wearing any of their jewelry in the vintage shots. It just doesn’t make sense.’

For those among us who ‘get’ Monroe’s timeless beauty, there are more details over at MM Collection Blog.

Immortal Marilyn in October

This month’s updates include Fraser Penney’s review of Keith Badman’s new book, The Final Years of Marilyn Monroe; a profile of photographer Cecil Beaton, by Betsy Brett; and Tony Plant shares a 1961 interview with Marilyn by famed Hollywood columnist Louella Parsons, discussing life after divorce.