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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 Unpublished photograph shows Marilyn Monroe, wearing a black Chinese coat, posed with Pekingese dogs."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.

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I have different information

Photo done by Milton Greene, one of a series taken for the Saturday Evening Post, March 28, 1955.

So which is it? THANK YOU!

[The original transparency is in the Look Magazine Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress. The collection was donated to the LOC in 1971 by Cowles Communications, publisher of Look. -tterrace]

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]

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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