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Marilyn Monroe, New York City 1955
June 25th, 2015 10:50 am     A+ | a-

"Black velvet  backgrounds always seemed to have worked for Milton. He said that because there were no distractions, you could see the subject lit perfectly. Here Marilyn is in a black jersey, and a perfectly plain Norell cocktail dress with spaghetti straps. Incidentally, months earlier, while giving a press conference for Prince and the Showgirl, this was the dress whose strap popped. It had a matching, waist length cape, in black wool, slashed with green ribbon threaded through. The shoulder treatment is black, six-inch tassels hanging from a ridge of smocking. Above that are ruffles and ruches. Pure Norell! Marilyn loved it. She wore it with black satin pumps, a black evening bag and no jewelry. We were in business!"

Excerpted from But That's Another Story, by Amy & Joshua Greene. Published by powerHouse Books.

Lance Krystopher
June 26th, 2015 2:00 pm
I bought photos showing two different poses from this sitting. Monroe's pale hair and luminous skin glow against the richness of the black background. These photos are truly stunning!
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