‘Norma Jean’ Dress at Holy Clothing

‘Now available for sale in our store. Alluring V-neck. 100% Viscose/rayon with Jaquard, eyelet, seersucker and lace embellishments. Full hem is 170” -200”. Length is approx 54”. Available in sizes Large to 3X.’

The halter-neck and full skirt are certainly Marilyn-inspired, and it’s available in five colours. I love the romanticism of this design, and my only suggestion is that it should also be in white (MM’s preferred shade.)

Holy Clothing is a US site, but ships worldwide. The ‘Norma Jean’ dress retails at $49.99.

Marilyn in 1957

Norma Jeane Inspires Dior Designer

Andre de Dienes, 1950

“My inspiration came from different sources when I was young. Like all the other girls my age. I adored Marilyn Monroe. I loved her exuberance and her natural beauty as Norma Jeane.”

Camille Miceli

Camille with Pharrell Williams

“Camille Miceli is one of those Parisian girls who gets it right every time with seemingly zero effort or contrivance…”

Meenal Mistry, Vogue

More about Camille here

Carroll, Aoki at LA Gallery

Among the more rare items on display at the ‘Becoming Marilyn’ exhibition, at the Andrew Weiss Gallery in Los Angeles, are these photographs of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio arriving at Tokyo Airport in March 1954 for their honeymoon, taken by Kashio Aoki.

Allie Is Wired reports that Bill Carroll, one of the first professional photographers to work with then-model Norma Jeane Dougherty in 1946 made a special guest appearance at the gallery last week, and shared his memories of the young MM. (The article dates Carroll’s photographs to 1945, but from her hair colour I would say it was taken a year later.)

In 1945, Carroll was in need of “cover cards” for his film business and decided to schedule a Santa Monica photo shoot with his friend’s recent catch, Norma Jeane. Carroll wanted a “good-looking Plain Jane, the kind of kid you’d like to live next to” and thought Norma Jeane fit the bill. It wasn’t until 40 years later when “leafing through Time Magazine” that Carroll recognized a picture of Norma Jean by David Conover that he processed oh so many years ago. Carroll spent the next few months going through old photographs until he found all of the 1945 photos of a young Marilyn Monroe posing in Santa Monica.

Rare outtake by Bill Carroll

June 19, 1942

On this day, Norma Jeane Mortenson married 21 year-old Jim Dougherty, just two weeks after her sixteenth birthday.