Has a star ever shone brighter or captured more imaginations than Marilyn Monroe? This August marks the 50th anniversary of Monroe’s untimely death, and from Michelle Williams’ Golden Globe-winning turn as the actress in My Week With Marilyn and NBC’s Broadway-does-Marilyn hit Smash to the not one but three new Marilyn books hitting shelves this summer, the silver screen icon is experiencing a cultural resurgence.
This month, the fashion world is joining the current Marilyn mania with the debut of a Marilyn Monroe exhibit at the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence, Italy. Running June 2012 through January 2013, the exhibit will include more than 50 outfits worn by Monroe on film sets and in her personal life, along with 30 pairs of shoes specifically created for the actress by Salvatore Ferragamo. Going beyond fashion, the exhibit will also feature exclusive works of art, including portraits, film clips, and original documents.
If a trip to Florence isn’t in the cards, fashionistas can capture a dash of Monroe’s inimitable style right here in Detroit. To commemorate the launch of the exhibition, the house of Ferragamo is re-issuing select styles of the shoes created for Monroe. From demure grey suede pumps with scalloped edges to va-va-voom red Swarovski crystal encrusted stilettos, the shoes capture the many sides of the multidimensional Marilyn Monroe.
For more information on the exhibit and collection, visit www.ferragamo.com.
Red Swarovski encrusted pumps, $1,750; Silver Swarovski encrusted pumps, $1,750; Silver satin pumps, $675; Grey suede pumps with scalloped detail, $795; and Gold and cream patterned pumps, $1,250; all available at Salvatore Ferragamo, Somerset Collection, Troy; 248-643-4515.
Marilyn Monroe: The Final Years, by Keith Badman (available July 17, 2012)
Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox, by Lois Banner (available July 17, 2012)
Marilyn’s Last Sessions: A Novel, by Michel Schneider (available August 1, 2012)