Marilyn Monroe fashion: bikini, bodycon, underwear – she ruled

I was going to write about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this aft – or Madonna’s Superbowl singalong (it may be smoke and mirrors, and lip-synching – but by God, she flies that flag for woman-power).
But both Madges have been usurped by the only woman who could possibly put them in the shade – Marilyn Monroe.
Getty has announced a new exhibition to feature Mazza’s original dresses alongside unique images of the Hollywood legend, on display in London for the first time. Yes please.
From the iconic hourglass dresses to her beautifully frilly 1950s bikinis, Marilyn was an utter Style Queen. It’s only when you look back at some of these photos that you realise how women have been trying desperately to capture her in-your-face glamour and femininity for a staggering 60-years.
“Marilyn” will include photos from her early years through to international stardom accompanied by original film costumes and dresses loaned by David Gainsborough Roberts (owner of one of the largest collections of Monroe memorabilia in the world) 
The exhibition opens at the Getty Images Gallery, 9 March – 24 May 2012. And here’s a little preview…

How does anyone look this chic in knitwear on a bike – and I’m talking about Monroe, not her third husband, Arthur Miller (Harold Clements/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Simply stylish: A young Marilyn wearing a 50s ensemble that would work so well this spring (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Catching up with Motion Picture Daily in her sleeveless rollneck (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Sex appeal in Marilyn’s time was about suggestion not salaciousness (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

No one else could do a bikini like Marilyn (1951, Archive Photos/Getty Images)
The girl who personified glamour (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

First image, Marilyn Monroe arriving at the premiere of There’s No Business like Show Business (M. Garrett/Murray Garrett/Getty Images).

All images courtesy of Getty Images.
Written by Johanna Payton