Next in my Hollywood Legends Series is the matchless Marilyn Monroe wearing ‘Kiss Me Marilyn’ by Hat Couture. Handmade in premium grey sinamay, this design features a sweeping brim adorned with opulent scarlet silk peonies. This lavish creation reflects Marilyn’s lipstick red and cool silver blonde bombshell image whilst hiding beneath the brim wisdom that only those in the inner circle ever got to appreciate.
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring” – Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comic blonde bombshell characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and was emblematic of the era’s attitudes towards sexuality. It was her signature lipstick print on the mirror kiss that inspired the logo for my designer millinery creations Hat Couture.
Marilyn had a brief but glittering Hollywood career that spawned an enduring legacy in the worlds of art, media and fashion. Everyone from Andy Warhol to Lichtenstein and Dali clamoured to portray the ultimate muse of the era in dazzling pop-art technicolour. But it was in her influence on the multi-million dollar contemporary fashion industry that we can see the birth of one of Hollywood’s biggest global icons – a legacy that continues to live on.
“Hollywood’s a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents” – Marilyn Monroe.