Introducing The Marilyn maxi trench coat
Introducing ‘The Marilyn’ maxi trench coat
In our last blog post we looked at the androgynous charm of the far from modest Marlene Dietrich and her exceptional career, who served as an inspiration for our sharply cut “The Marlene” coat. Following Marlene, our inspirational female figure today is Marilyn Monroe.
Marilyn Monroe continues to be one of Hollywood’s most iconic stars, captivating admirers from generation to generation. She epitomised glamour and sex appeal with her doll-like head of bleach blonde hair and stunning curves. Known for embodying the embarrassing stereotype of the clueless blonde, Marilyn was actually far from dumb. In fact, the starlet was far more intellectual than her persona might have let on. Scott Fortner, who is a historian specialised in all things Marilyn Monroe, mentioned her being very hard working and constantly striving for self-improvement. This side of her was very much hidden from the media. “She really wanted to be taken seriously as an actress. She constantly worked at bettering herself. Her library consisted of over 400 books from art history to philosophy to the sciences.”, he said. She took her personal development as an artist very seriously.
Surprisingly, Monroe wasn’t too concerned with fashion or spending hours on end looking for the perfect outfit. It was more of an after thought for her, however her clothing was always a perfect extension of her personality. Bathrobes, cute slips and dresses all in neutral colours, she found a formula she liked and stuck with it.
Dainty, playful yet daring- inspired by Monroe, our “The Marilyn” coat is voluminous and moves effortlessly with the body. This piece fearlessly embraces its femininity, just like Monroe was known to be, both with style and attitude. It drapes around the body, slits high up the back and ties around the waist, accentuating the figure in all the right places, à la Marilyn Monroe.
The flowiness of the piece is reminiscent of the iconic image of Marilyn in her white dress blowing in the wind.
“I knew I belonged to the public and to the world. Not because I was talented or even beautiful but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone.” – My Story, Marilyn Monroe
Watch her in: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), The Seven Year Itch (1955)
Read about her: “My Story” by Marilyn Monroe, Ben Hecht, Joshua Green (1974), “Legend: the Life and Death of Marilyn Monroe” by Fred Lawrence Guiles (1984)
Center right: Marilyn by Ed Clark, 1950
Center: Marilyn by George Barris, 1962
Bottom center: Marilyn by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1953