Marilyn’s Dress in Winnipeg

Immortal Marilyn’s Leslie Kasperowicz (left) admires ‘The Dress’

Immortal Marilyn’s Leslie Kasperowicz caught up with Marilyn’s ‘birthday dress’ during its tour of Canada’s supermarkets this week, sharing her impressions with the Winnipeg Free Press.

“‘She’s someone I think of when I think I can’t handle things,’ said Kasperowicz, who admires how Monroe rose above the hand dealt to her. ‘I see her as someone who overcame a lot and achieved things that were almost impossible for someone that came from her background.’

Kasperowicz’s obsession began when she was eight and received a hand-me-down T-shirt with Monroe’s face on the front. It was her favourite shirt, and when she read her first book about Monroe a few years later, she was hooked and has spent the past 25 years studying Monroe’s life and dispelling conspiracy theories about her death.

Kasperowicz, originally from Winnipeg, now lives in Minnesota. She just happened to be visiting relatives in Lac du Bonnet when she heard the dress would be here.

‘This was like the grand finale surprise to my vacation,’ she said.

Kasperowicz thinks of Monroe as a feminist and activist, something people often overlook, she said.

More than 10,000 people have been to see the dress over its first four stops in Saskatchewan. Winnipeg will be the dress’s last public showing before it returns to a Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum. The dress will visit Save-On-Foods’ Bridgewater location Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the St. James location Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The owner of Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Jim Pattison, also owns Save-On-Foods, making it possible for the stores to display the dress.”

Ripley’s Takes Marilyn to the Supermarket

Following the debut appearance in Canada of Marilyn’s ‘Happy Birthday’ dress last week – in Luseland, the Saskatchewan hometown of Ripley’s Entertainment boss Jim Pattison – it is now making a rather unlikely tour of supermarkets all the way to Winnipeg, reports CBC News. Here’s a list of future venues…

July 16 – Regina Save-On-Foods (4520 Albert St. South)

July 18 – Yorkton Save-On-Foods (277 Broadway St. East)

July 21 – Winnipeg (Northgate) Save-On-Foods (1399 McPhillips St.)

July 22 – Winnipeg (Bridgwater) Save-On-Foods (400 North Town Rd)

July 23 – Winnipeg (St. James) Save-On-Foods (850 St. James St.)

‘The Road to Hollywood’

Photographer Rebecca Sandulak recreates classic images – including ‘Red Head Velvet’, an homage to Marilyn Monroe’s 1949 calendar shoot with Tom Kelley – in The Road to Hollywood, an exhibition at cre8ery, Winnipeg, until April 5.

‘ “I love the beauty of the great Hollywood portraits,” says the Winnipeg photographer…Visitors will encounter the likes of Veronica Lake, Dorothy and the Wicked Witch, and a brunette Marilyn Monroe’s infamous photo spread on red satin (sans nudity this time).

That is, viewers will encounter variations on these familiar images; like actors playing well-established roles, Sandulak’s subjects (most of them actors themselves) wear the “costumes” of, for instance, Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The artist’s “Brigitte Bardot” (Meghan Koley) could pass as the genuine article.

The point isn’t to fool the eye — it’s to evoke the spirit of cinema’s classical past.

“The great portraits of screen legends had no Photoshopping done to them and very little old-fashioned manipulation,” says Sandulak, who drew considerable inspiration from Hollywood ‘Golden Age’ photographers such as George Hurrell.

“The result is, there’s greater truth to them. As a purist myself, I love their beauty.”

For that matter, Sandulak, who has been a still photographer on multiple Hollywood (and non-Hollywood) film productions in Winnipeg, appreciates the beauty of a good subject. Especially women.

“I adore women with grace and beauty,” she says. Indeed, the show reinforces precisely how and why some people look like movie stars. As cinematographer Nestor Almendros once explained in Projections magazine, the camera loves some women more than others — specifically, those with “good bones” and symmetrical faces.

“Actors definitely know which are their good and bad sides,” Sandulak says. It’s often been the case that her on-set subjects will articulate if a particular angle will flatter more, or less.’