The famous Jean Louis dress that Marilyn Monroe wore to sing “Happy birthday, Mr President” to John F Kennedy at New York’s Madison Square Garden has been sold for $4.8m at auction in Los Angeles. The dress was bought by the museum chain Ripley’s Believe It or Not and surpasses the last most expensive dress sold at auction – Monroe’s white costume from The Seven Year Itch ($4.6m). So, more than half a century after she died (mere weeks after JFK’s birthday), the Monroe death industry keeps turning (and collecting money), though this truly is a fabulous dress that led to an unforgettable image – Monroe, shimmering in the spotlight, singing to her married lover. The woman, the man, the dress, the moment, the approaching shadows mistaken for ordinary darkness – a scene that is universally recognised and viewed as representative of a bygone 1960s era. Rightly so, but for women, maybe the dress represents more than just a high-end piece of pop culture. Here’s the thing – I hate that creepy dress and what it symbolises. At least the white dress from The Seven Year Itch was naughty – sure, it sexualised Monroe as it famously blew up from… Read full this story
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