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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Red Marilyn: 1955

Red Marilyn: 1955

March 1955. "Women posed in fashions influenced by the Orient. Unpublished photograph shows Marilyn Monroe, wearing a black Chinese coat, posed with Pekingese dogs." Color transparency by Milton Greene for the Look magazine assignment "Translations From the Orient." View full size.

 

Remarkable composition

Whoever made this image, back in those pre-photoshop days, deserves a medal. The setup and arrangement for this photo is remarkable, particularly in the use of the red coat lining to create a false wasp-waist, and to make a faux hip silhouette.

["Whoever made this image" would be, as noted in the caption, Milton Greene. - Dave]

Not flattering

This is perhaps the worst photo ever made of Marilyn. It does nothing for black Chinese coats, either.

Marilyn and the Dogs

One prime difference between Marilyn and the dogs is that she knew how to pose and they didn't. But I still envy the dogs.

 
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