Sunday, 26 June 2016

Marilyn Monroe's pink dress

Marilyn Monroe wore a shocking pink dress in the 1953 film Gentleman Prefer Blondes, directed by Howard Hawks. The dress was created by costume designer William Travilla and was used in one of the most famous scenes of the film, which subsequently became the subject of numerous imitations, significantly from Madonna in the music video for her song "Material Girl".

The satin dress, designed by William Travilla, is a strapless, floor-length shocking pink dress with straight neckline, with uncovered arms and broad shoulders and side slits. The dress is decorated with a big bow on the back and a thin strap, both in the same shade of her dress. The dress was complemented by a pair of long gloves to match almost to the shoulders and many jewels, diamonds, according to the subject of the song that the actress sings. The dress is satin and is a shade of pink often identified as "shocking pink".

Over the years the pink dress has become an icon of fashion and film, and like her white dress is often imitated and parodied. One of the most famous of all is the one represented by the singer Madonna in the Material Girl video. The singer later admitted to hating the dress as it was difficult to wear during the movement. In 1990, Ayesha Walker (known as Lorelei Lei after the character) walked down the aisle in Healing Church in Chatham wearing a replica of the pink dress.

In a segment entitled "Material Girl" in the 1997 Playboy Video, Playboy's Voluptuous Vixens, SaRenna Lee capitalized on her resemblance to Marilyn Monroe by appearing in a pink dress designed for her zaftig shape.

Mexican entertainers Thalia and Aida Pierce each wore similar shocking pink dresses. Thalia wore a replica of this dress while performing "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" in Spain in 1991, and Pierce wore a similar pink dress in a 2001 episode of Humor es...los comediantes as a tribute to Monroe (2001 would have been Monroe's 75th birthday).

In the computer game The Sims: Superstar expansion pack published in 2003, the player can see the character of Marilyn Monroe, dressed in the same famous shocking pink dress. It was also produced as a Mattel Barbie doll with Barbie wearing Monroe's pink dress.

In 2008, Paris Hilton paid tribute to the actress wearing a magenta satin strapless dress similar to that of Marilyn Monroe at the preview of the movie The Hottie and the Nottie. In reference to Monroe, Paris Hilton had said in 2006: "There is nobody in the world like me. I think every decade has its own icon blonde - like Marilyn Monroe or Princess Diana - and right now, I'm that icon." 

In 2015, a suit worn by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, auctioned for $690,000 was compared with Marilyn Monroe's pink dress.

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