Dressing Marilyn: The Woman in White


Jill Taylor, costume designer on My Week With Marilyn, tells the Los Angeles Times why the platinum blonde favoured white:

“Chanel had that old adage that she always wore white next to her face to show off its luminosity and I think Marilyn picked up on that. You look at private stills of Marilyn in that period and she does look absolutely luminous. And I hope we got that with Michelle; I think we did.”

Meanwhile, director Simon Curtis told London’s Evening Standard that he could have worked with Marilyn:

“I like to think I would have been able to support Marilyn somewhat better than Olivier did. There’s a lot about Marilyn that would drive any director crazy but nonetheless, it’s your job to make it work.”

And finally, a rather incongruous Mike Relms remix of Katy Perry’s ‘The One That Got Away’ has been released via Weinstein Films on Youtube, set to a video promoting My Week With Marilyn.

Sara Stockbridge Inspired by Marilyn

The model turned actress and novelist, Sara Stockbridge, was muse to designer Vivienne Westwood during the 1980s and was famous for her MM-inspired platinum blonde locks. Here she talks about Marilyn’s influence to Fashion’s Most Wanted

“Anyway, style icons?  Marilyn Monroe.  I like Marilyn because there’s always something that’s slightly wrong. There’s always something that’s got a crease or a broken strap.  I don’t like too overdone.  There’s something I think that Coco Chanel said, I think it was her, but it was actually my Gran who said it to me.  She said: when you look in the mirror before you go out you must take something off; don’t have the earrings and the bracelet and the whatever all together.  I like the slightly sparse look, like something’s missing.”

The notorious ‘broken strap’ incident, 1956