Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood Icon Was Styled by William Travilla, written by Andrew Hansford, is finally out this week – 13th October, to be precise – offering a behind-the-scenes look at some of the Hollywood star’s most iconic dresses by the man who created them.
We can all vividly remember some of Marilyn Monroe’s most famous dresses, but we never knew just how many designs William Travilla was actually responsible for, until now.
The designer created costumes for a total of eight of Marilyn Monroe’s films, saying he made the star’s clothes purely out of love.
“My clothes for Marilyn were an act of love, I adored her,” he said.
Marilyn Monroe was equally passionate about her relationship with the designer, writing “Please dress me forever, I love you, Marilyn,” in a personal hand-written note pictured within the book.
We have Travilla to thank for the pink floor-length strapless dress that adorned Marilyn’s curves in Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend, the gold halter-neck figure hugging gown in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and of course, the most famous dress of them all – that iconic white halter neck dress from The Seven Year Itch.
The book delves into the inspiration and the stories behind each and every piece of clothing – we reckon it’ll be one very captivating read!