Anatomic Bomb! designer Madeline Warren relates the ten outfits in her Marilyn Monroe Collection to the movies that inspired them…
The Seven Year Itch Dress
(Gallery pic 1)
This is probably the most famous dress in the world in one of the most famous movie scenes. The latex colour of creamy white is closer to the colour of the original, which was called Bone.
Blue Dress with Bows (pic 2)
A dress from There’s No Business Like Show Business in the scene where Marilyn manipulates the male lead into letting her perform her Heatwave song. Not a well- known dress but we thought it was lovely and would translate really well to rubber.
Bus Stop Showgirl Costume
(main picture, above left)
Worn by Marilyn’s character Cheri, when she sings (intentionally badly) That Old Black Magic.
Misfits Cherry Dress (pic 3)
Worn by Roslyn for a day at the rodeo. Each cherry, cherry stalk and reflection on the cherry is cut out by hand and appliqued on!
Green Top, Violet Cummerband and Black Norma Jeans (pic 4)
As worn in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Lorelei Lee, when she’s caught with Piggy as he demonstrates how a python can squeeze a goat to death.
Hat-Check Girl Uniform (pic 5)
A lovely uniform worn by Vicky Lester in There’s No Business Like Show Business, while she works as a hat-check girl on her way to becoming a star.
Pink Niagara Dress (pic 6)
A lovely dress in fuschia pink as worn by Rose Loomis, when she sings Kiss in order to torment her husband.
1950s Orange Bathing Suit (pic 7)
As worn by Pola Debevoise in a fashion show scene in How to Marry a Millionaire. She looks an absolute goddess in this scene — it’s Marilyn at her finest. Our suit has a cleavage separator wire with Swarovski crystals. There is also brooch-style crystal design on the hem of the suit.
Pink Diamonds Dress (pic 8)
Another very famous dress, worn for the Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend dance scene from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Tiger Dress (pic 9)
As worn by ‘The Girl‘ in a dream scene in The Seven Year Itch. This dress is made from gold latex with black tiger appliqued stripes.