Timeless: Marilyn Monroe’s White Dress
Marilyn Monroe White Dress – A Timeless Icon
behind Marilyn Monroe’s white dress
Amongst the fans, was the press. Each time Billy Wilder, the movie director, tried to shoot the scene, hundreds of camera flashes went off. Frustrated, Wilder made a deal with the onlookers and the press, promising that if they allowed him to shoot the scene without any flashes, he would ask Marilyn to pose for them.
At the time, Marilyn was married to Joe DiMaggio, who was less than thrilled with not only the event, but also with the ever-growing eager crowd. Apparently, he walked onto the set and shouted to the mob “What the hell is going on here?!”
The man behind the white dress
The Marilyn Monroe white halter dress is by far Travilla’s most famous dress design. Inspired by the multiple folds of Greek robes, he fashioned many starburst pleats that directed the onlooker’s eyes to her plunging neckline. The lightweight fabric was selected for its ease of movement, and so as to flutter upward in the breeze and reveal her thighs. The color white was chosen to portray innocence. Marilyn wrote to Travilla saying, “Billy Dear, please dress me forever. I love you, Marilyn.”
Travilla also designed three other memorable dresses for Marilyn, all of which were featured in the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The gold dress was created from one complete circle of fabric and hand pleated. It ended up being one of Marilyn’s favorites. The pink satin dress was worn during Marilyn’s rendition of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”, and the red sequin dress was worn in the opening scene with Jane Russell.
Marilyn Monroe’s other famous dress
Encrusted with rhinestones embroidered in a rosette motif, the dress was worn by the sensuous blonde in May 1962 at Madison Square Garden. One story goes as far as saying that the dress was so tight, that Marilyn wore nothing underneath, and had to be poured into it.
In 1999, the “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress, designed
by Jean Luis, was up for auction by Christie’s. When it came time
to showcase the item, the lights were dimmed and the 6000 rhinestones
adorning the dress sparkled as bright as Marilyn’s smile. A dress
that originally cost $12,000 was sold for $1,267,500.