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:
The famous “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes will bring the pink dress to the event.
This red sequin dress is from the same film, and will be on display.
Monroe’s most famous dress will be there, this shot is taken from The Seven Year Itch.
This is a purple satin costume worn by Monroe in How To Marry a Millionaire.