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November 16, 2021

Gorgeous Photos of Marilyn Monroe Wearing a Gold Lamé Dress, 1953

These gorgeous photos of Marilyn Monroe were taken by Gene Kornman. She wore a gold lamé dress designed by William Travilla for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).

This dress, at the time, was deemed too risky and only appears in the film for a few seconds. Marilyn had just gone through a scandal due to posing nude in 1949, and the studio didn’t want any bad press or negative attention. She did, however, wear it to the Photoplay Awards the same year.

Travilla designed Marilyn’s costumes for 7 other films as well. He was reported saying several times that she was among one of his favorites to dress because of her perfect figure. With this dress, he particularly liked her breasts, saying she had: “the best breasts in Hollywood.”

Not because of the shape or size, but for the positioning. They were more wide-set than most women and it allowed him to explore a lower cut for the cleavage.

(Photos © Gene Kornman)


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