Monday, September 3, 2012

Marilyn Monroe exhibition

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the starlet’s death the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, Florence, Italy is hosting an exhibition of Marilyn Monroe’s clothing, costumes, and shoes. The exhibit features more than fifty outfits belonging to the starlet, many of them on loan from private collections.

Visitors will see the Swarovski crystal encrusted red heels that were custom made by Salvatore Ferragamo. Marilyn’s obsession with the shoe designer has been credited with putting the designer on the fashion map. She loved to wear Ferragamo’s shoes who made her heels extremely thin and light so the actress could, stand comfortably for long periods of time. The exhibition lays to rest one persistent myth that the Hollywood Siren had her shoes custom made by Ferragamo with one heel shorter than the other to give her a distinctive wiggle walk. Each shoe in the exhibit shows heels of the exact same length. As part of the Marilyn Monroe exhibit the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum has released a new book featuring images of the legendary actress, many of them never before published. The book was edited by museum director Stefania Ricci and art critic Sergio Risaliti. It will be available at bookstores on September 25th. Also there is a limited edition replica of Marilyn’s Salvatore Ferragamo red crystal pumps, identical to those the actress wore in “There’s no Business Like Show Business,” have been created in honor of the exhibit. They are available exclusively in the museum’s gift shop. The Marilyn Monroe exhibition will be held through January 28, 2013.

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