Finally had a chance to go to visit the Marilyn Monroe exhibit at the Salvatore Ferragamo museum. Absolutely amazing! I wasn’t allowed to take pictures inside, but I did find some online. Pictures from the exhibit after the jump.

I couldn’t put my finger on what it was about the picture in the advertisement that I found so mesmerizing. This wasn’t the typical Marilyn Monroe we see, dolled up and covered in sequins and fur. Here she’s barely wearing makeup or anything for that matter. She looks peaceful, effortlessly beautiful… flawless.

It all made sense when I began to see the works of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci in one portion of the exhibit. Marilyn Monroe was more than just a pop icon or sex symbol. She was like a goddess. There was way more to her than the ditzy blonde bombshell she played on screen.

She was smart and knew what she was doing. I noticed this especially in the clip of her wearing a see-through dress dripping in crystals to sing happy birthday to the president. My tour guide noted that Marilyn Monroe did NOT wear underwear for this performance.

Make sure to take note of the sexy hesitation before she sings. No woman would be dumb enough to get on stage in front of hundreds of people (without underwear ;)) and sing happy birthday that way to another woman’s husband. Marilyn Monroe was bold.

This roomed featured Marilyn Monroe’s very own dresses.

The red room featured a few women in history that exhibited the color red: passion, love, and drama.

This room hit home for me. The picture above is a replica of the Last Sitting, her last photo shoot. It’s tragic that someone so beautiful and talented, with so much to offer the world was that miserable. 
“Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.” – Marilyn Monroe

The last room featured the most iconic dresses from Marilyn’s movies. If you look close to the image of Marilyn Monroe, you can see the actual white dress she wore in Seven Year Itch in the scene where a passing train blows her dress above her head.






Leave a Reply