Marilyn Monroe “Lost Dresses” exhibit to go up in England

According to various news sources from the UK, several of Marilyn Monroe’s dresses have been put up for show for the first time in 40 years. That’s right, the dresses themselves have been “lost” for a long time, and well it was all done by design.

By lost, we mean that they were in the care and ownership of award winning costume designer, William Travilla until his death in 1990. Following that time, the dresses were trusted in Travilla’s partner’s hands, Bill Sarris. Mr. Saris also had Alzheimer’s disease, for which a charity is being held by showcasing the dresses.  

Some of the dresses include the famous white dress worn in The Seven Year Itch. The remaining 5 are also of similar fame. There seems to be a ton of attention surrounding the dresses from all fans.

These iconic costumes will be showcased at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel in the UK and will be showcased with some of Travilla’s sketches and designs. This will be their first showing to the public and a great opportunity for Monroe fans to get a close look at the originals.

The show will run from Oct 3-7 and all proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Here’s a look at a few of the dresses to go on display for the event:

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 The famous “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes will bring the pink dress to the event.

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 This red sequin dress is from the same film, and will be on display.

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 Monroe’s most famous dress will be there, this shot is taken from The Seven Year Itch.

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This is a purple satin costume worn by Monroe in How To Marry a Millionaire.





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  • http://www.mmfraud.com mark bellinghaus

    !Fraud Warning!

    This “exhibit” is just another planned into the details scam. It is not possible what they claim and in interviews with Travilla he mentioned only one dress that he owned. He was not “friends” with Marilyn, he was actually very sad that Marilyn did not recognized him when he met her in a restaurant many years later.
    He created copies of those dresses and went on tour with them, years after Marilyn Monroe’s death.
    For more info on this fraud, the hoax that is about to happen:

    http://www.theargus.co.uk:80/news/localnews/display.var.1721201.0.bosses_blow_the_chance_to_host_marilyn_monroe_dress_collection.php

    To charge money to people, to look at costume copies is as bad as when Robert Otto pulled last year, when he showed 1974 made hair curlers as Marilyn Monroe owned ones, including “hair still attached to them” when you have to know, that Marilyn Monroe died in 1962, 12 years before those hair curlers were made!
    Those curlers were a “hightlight” of the biggest exhibition fraud in history.

    Show those items as what they are–copies, and for God’s sake–and don’t charge anything as admission. What’s the point?

  • Franklin

    Bellinghaus…you’re a wannabe. These are from the Travilla estate and include the original artwork and paterns. This is more than about Marilyn, it is about Travilla as a designer. It’s true that Travilla and Marilyn did have a rift in their relationship towards the end but that doesn’t negate the fact that they were very close at one time, “even more than friends.”

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14106389290483035531 mark bellinghaus

    25 days later and the exhibit has successfully been kicked out of the supporting venue–the Hilton Hotels. The second attempt to defraud the British public was successfully STOPPED.
    http://markbellinghaus.blogspot.com/
    ‘Franklin’ if that is your true name, when are you people stop hiding behind silly names and give it up? Never, I know.
    So I am a wannabe? Wannabe of what if I may ask? This is my third largest exposure success since I started doing this like two years ago.

    Can you share with us PLEASE what you have done so far, to make this world a better place?

    Cheers no tears! as Marilyn Monroe used to say.
    All you people need is to get a life.

    Mark Bellinghaus

  • http://www.mydisguises.com/index.php/2008/01/23/times-best-loved-film-costumes/ Time’s Best Loved Film Costumes | My Disguises

    [...] by fans and impersonators. Earlier this year, this and many of Monroe’s other famous dresses went on exhibit and we were able to post about it [...]

  • http://www.personafactor.ru Valery

    The family of Sam Shaw, a photographer who took some of Marilyn Monroe’s best-known photos, won in court when a Federal judge ruled against the company that controls the licensing of Monroe’s image.

  • BnC

    That face she’s making in the red dress is sexy a’f.