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When Marilyn Monroe dressed to kill

Last updated on: August 3, 2012 17:32 IST

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Sukanya Verma in Mumbai

'I like to be really dressed up or really undressed. I don't bother with anything in between,' said the tantalising Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe once. 

With her inimitable oomph and perfect hourglass figure, the blonde bombshell created many a golden moments on big screen with her iconic wardrobe.

Here's a look at some of the unforgettable costumes of America's celebrated beauty, who passed away 50 years ago, on August 5.

The Seven Year Itch

The sight of her white halter neck dress responding to an unexpected burst of flirtatious breeze cause quite a million jaws to drop in succession. The image is most synonymous with the actress.


Image: Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch


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Gentleman Prefer Blondes

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If Audrey Hepburn had Givenchy, fashion designer William Travill did the trick for Monroe.

The sexy star wore an array of dazzling gowns in Gentleman Prefer Blondes; especially memorable is pretty-in-pink number during the 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friends' gig, which was later paid tribute to by Madonna in the Material Girl video.


Image: Marilyn Monroe in Gentleman Prefer Blondes


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How to Marry a Millionaire

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How?

Trust Monroe to answer the query in style with her pick of dishy bodysuits and lame gowns. So very spiffy. No wonder there's an extensive range of Barbie Dolls modeled after her movie fashion line.


Image: Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionaire

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Let's Make Love

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French fashion designer Gerard Darel (with a clientele that includes Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Garner) fancied her cable knit jumper from the foot-tapping ditty, My Heart Belongs to Daddy SO MUCH, he bought it for an undisclosed price at one of Christies exquisite auctions.


Image: Marilyn Monroe in Let's Make Love


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River of No Return

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Long before Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston practiced the art of flaunting their perfectly-toned stems in long-slit gowns, Monroe showed some generous leg in flamboyant shades of green and red in the 1954 Western, River of No Return.

As an aside, she detested working on this project co-starring Robert Mitchum.


Image: Marilyn Monroe in River of No Return


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Some Like It Hot

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Remember Rishi Kapoor-Neetu Singh starrer Rafoo Chakkar? It was a remake of Monroe starrer, Some Like It Hot, in which she wore risque sheer-tassels number prompting renowned critic Roger Ebert to comment, ' striptease in which nudity would have been superfluous' in his book, The Great Movies.

Image: Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot


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Niagara

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Pink is definitely Marilyn Monroe's colour. Look how well she works this cut out dress.


Image: Marilyn Monroe in Niagara


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Bus Stop

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Want to know what makes her Hollywood's original sex symbol? Here's Monroe's version of The Little Mermaid, scales pattern, fish stockings et al.


Image: Marilyn Monroe in Bus Stop

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The Prince and the Showgirl

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Monroe is a picture of elegant sophistication in that gorgeous cream and lace gown.



Image: Marilyn Monroe in The Prince and the Showgirl

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There's No Business Like Show Business

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Ruffles, sequins, lace, silk, florets, the lady is reliably dramatic and playing to the gallery. That's Magic Monroe for you, one of her kind.



Image: Marilyn Monroe in There's No Business Like Show Business


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