Exhibition shows Marilyn, the person (and, oh, the dresses!)

March 8, 2012 | By Melanie Hough | Archive, Community, Go

 Our exhibition on Marilyn Monroe actually proved a real challenge – her image is still so visible, so how to show another side, tell her story differently?


Actress Marilyn Monroe photo session at Hollywood agent Johnny Hyde's backyard (708 w. Palm Drive) on May 17, 1950 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)



American actress Marilyn Monroe out for a cycle ride with her third husband, American dramatist Arthur Miller on August 13, 1956. (Photo by Harold Clements/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

She remains a source of such adulation, and whilst we wanted to capture the iconic star, we also hoped to bring a real sense of her character to the show.  To see her changing style and presence from some of her earliest shots, collected together with the on-set work from Ernst Haas of her last film, is fascinating.

It’s great fun having the dresses in the gallery, but they also bring such poignancy to the pictures; it’s Marilyn the person, as well as the icon.



A collection of Marilyn Monroe's dresses on display during a private view of the upcoming Marilyn exhibition at the Getty Images Gallery on March 7, 2012 in London, England. Marilyn runs from Friday 9 March to Sunday 23 May 2012 and admission is free. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)Victoria Wolcough and David Gainsborough Roberts stand by the exhibition during the Marilyn private view at the Getty Images Gallery on March 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)


Editor’s note: Melanie Hough is our Getty Images Gallery Coordinator and excited for our upcoming exhibition, Marilyn, a collection of imagery and memorabilia to commemorate 50 years since the untimely death of Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn runs from Friday 9 March to Sunday 23 May 2012 and admission is free.

Showcased in London for the first time, the exhibition will feature a number of original dresses and costumes worn by the Hollywood icon, alongside unique and iconic photographs. Accompanying the photographs will be original film costumes and dresses from the legendary collection of David Gainsborough Roberts, owner of one of the largest collections of Marilyn Monroe  memorabilia in the world.  Original video will also be shown ensuring Marilyn offers an unrivalled glimpse into the life of one of the world’s most famous stars. Prints of Marilyn Monroe will be available to purchase at Getty Images Gallery. Please click here to view the ground-breaking imagery that will be on display in the exhibition.

 The Getty Images Gallery is situated in central London, just a stone’s throw away from Oxford Circus. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am-5.30pm and Saturday 12pm-5.30pm.

A smaller exhibition will also be on display at Getty Images Gallery in Westfield Stratford City at a slightly later date of 23 March to 3 June 2012.

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  • http://diciottocinquantacinque.blogspot.it/ Valentina

    What intense pictures

  • Ardhendu Mukherjee

    Happy Birthday MARILYN MONROE 1st June 2012