Marilyn in Fashion: The Enduring Influence of Marilyn Monroe

Author(s): Christopher Nickens


50 years after her death, "Marilyn in Fashion" offers a fascinating new spin on Monroe history, and a feast for fashionistas. She was an incandescent movie star, legendary sex symbol and a woman whose private life fascinated the public - but the story never before showcased about Marilyn Monroe is her enduring impact on fashion. From the revealing nude sheath worn to sing "Happy Birthday" to JFK to the pleated white dress from "The Seven Year Itch", Marilyn's looks defied the 1950s era of poodle skirts and marked her as a fashion icon ahead of her time. "Marilyn in Fashion" is an informative, entertaining, exhaustively-researched profile of Monroe's enduring influence on the world of fashion, which traces the evolutions of her style, from wholesome sweetness early in her career, to serious sex kitten looks in the '50s, to elegant sophistication in the last years of her life. Behind-the-scenes stories reveal how the star often worked closely with designers to create looks befitting her image. Through out the book, additional insight is offered by quotes from designers, co-stars and Marilyn herself. Illustrated by hundreds of rare and never-before-published photos, this one-of-a-kind book presents the glamorous screen icon at her very best.


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Christopher Nickens has been writing about Hollywood luminaries for over twenty-five years. His credits include a definitive biography of Bette Davis, which the star herself called "The most sensational record of my life in book form as yet." He lives in Los Angeles. George Zeno is owner of arguably the largest privately owned collection on Marilyn in the world. He is known as one of the leading authorities on the star, even once profiled in Life magazine as the Marilyn expert. George worked for years as an illustrator in the design houses of 7th Avenue, giving him an encyclopedic knowledge of fashion. He lives in New York.

General Fields

  • : 9780762443321
  • : book depository
  • : book de
  • : April 2012
  • : United States
  • : July 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 791.43028092
  • : 224
  • : colour & b/w throughout
  • : Christopher Nickens
  • : Hardback