Fashion Deja Vu--Marilyn Monroe Edition
Nowadays, two big stars wearing the same outfit is a major fashion faux pas, but back in Hollywood's heyday it was common practice to recycle clothes so the studios could save a few bucks. While many of Marilyn's dresses and costumes are considered to be style icons, she often wasn't the first (or the last!) to wear them. By Marijane Gray for Immortal Marilyn
Marilyn's Sister, Berniece Baker Miracle
Unknown Chorus Girl
Mamie van Doren
Sheree North- Double Take
Gypsy Rose Lee
Ladies' Home Journal Model
Mamie van Doren
THAT Gold Dress
Marilyn Vs. Marilyn
Unlike her on-screen roles of Lorelei, Pola, and Sugar, Marilyn Monroe was extremely non-materialistic. She knew how to glam it up for public events, but more often than not it was in a borrowed gown from the wardrobe department. Her everyday clothes were simple, comfortable, and classic.
In modern times a celebrity would be eviscerated in the tabloids for wearing the same thing multiple times, let alone to premieres and other big events, but Marilyn did just that frequently. Maybe it was her upbringing during the Depression that made her appreciate getting some use out of her clothing, maybe it's just that such things didn't matter to her. Either way, she looked stunning whether she wore an outfit twice or ten times.
White Satin Travilla Gown
Black Sequinned Norman Norell Gown
Black John Moore dress-Marilyn's favorite.
The Checked Pants
Marilyn had no qualms about wearing the same thing over and over again, but nothing in her wardrobe comes close to how many times she wore her favorite black and white checked pants. She was photographed in them over a fifteen year period, from 1945 to 1960. She had multiple pairs in varying lengths and wore them to photo shoots, while relaxing, and in between scenes on film sets.
One pair was sold at auction June 4, 2005 for $2,600
Another sold June 27, 2009 for $26,000
A pair is part of the Ted Stampfer collection.
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Special thanks to Marilyn in Fashion by Christopher Nickens and George Zeno