The Dark Story Behind Marilyn Monroe’s White Dress

The Dark Story Behind Marilyn Monroe’s White Dress

Marilyn Monroe is known for her iconic performance of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" in the 1953 film "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" wearing a stunning white dress. However, the story behind the making of the dress is not as glamorous as the dress itself.
The dress was designed by William Travilla, who was also Monroe's close friend and fashion collaborator. Travilla had only a few days to design and create the dress before filming began, so he worked tirelessly to ensure that it would be perfect. The dress was made of a sheer, flesh-colored fabric that was heavily embellished with sequins, and it had a deep V-neckline and a full skirt.
On the day of filming, Monroe was supposed to wear a flesh-colored undergarment to give the illusion that she was not wearing anything under the dress. However, the undergarment was lost, and Monroe was left with no choice but to go without it. The dress was also very tight and constricting, and Monroe reportedly had trouble breathing and moving in it.
Despite these challenges, Monroe gave a flawless performance, and the dress became one of the most iconic costumes in film history. However, the experience of wearing the dress was reportedly very unpleasant for Monroe, and it is a testament to her professionalism and dedication to her craft that she was able to perform so well under such difficult circumstances.
Unfortunately, the story of the white dress also highlights some of the challenges that Monroe faced as a woman in the entertainment industry. The pressure to look perfect and to conform to narrow standards of beauty and femininity was immense, and it often came at a great cost to the women who worked in the industry. While the white dress is an enduring symbol of Monroe's beauty and talent, it is also a reminder of the complex and often difficult realities of the entertainment industry.
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