Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

… especially when they dress this well.

I recently fell into a classics phase between movies and books.  My latest indulgence was watching “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953),” one of Marilyn Monroe’s first Hollywood successes. Not only is the movie fantastically witty and humorous, but the fashion on point.  The tailoring is perfection, and you can tell it was all wools and silks for these stars.  In the slideshow below you’ll find interesting necklines, great use of color on pattern, and the perfect balance between draping and tailoring.

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You can also check out a full costume chart with pictures for all Monroe’s movies here. William Travilla was the man behind much of Marilyn’s fashion.

Another point that I really enjoyed about this movie was a dance sequence with the all male US Olympian team.  If there ever was a male version of The Rockettes, that was it.  Men were jumping, running, standing on their heads, shaking their rears, and it was wonderful, if not quite funny.  By and by, it was refreshing to see a herd of men forming the background dance routine and not women. Check out the dance sequence on youtube.

Note: Ever wonder where that song “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” come from? Watch the movie.

‘Talk to me, Harry, Winston, tell me all about it …!’

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