Who Bought Marilyn Monroe’s Rhinestone Dress?

Julia | 13 - 06 - 2021
Marilyn Monroe’s Rhinestone Dress

There’s something about Marilyn that we can’t get enough of. She established her own paradigm, one that’s frequently imitated by Vegas mega-blonde impersonators and Halloween revelers. Even Though Marilyn’s style may have appeared casual, it was meticulously organized with her fundamental clothing and her Rubenesque physique. Behind all that gloss, we know Marilyn wore girdles to create her hourglass figure and tightened waist. 

It’s been a decade since Marilyn Monroe left us, but still, her golden hair, crimson lips, and opulent clothes have remained iconic. Her white halter dress from the movie The Seven Year Itch, which flew up when she stepped on a subway grate, is one of the most iconic outfits of all time, but another costume she donned is causing a stir in small-town Saskatchewan. 

Marilyn Monroe Happy Birthday Dress

As the American president John F Kennedy turned 45 on May 19, 1962, Marilyn Monroe famously sang Happy Birthday in front of a cheering throng at Madison Square Garden. She sang Happy Birthday to President John F. Kennedy in a champagne gown studded with over 2,500 crystals and 6,000 hand-sewn rhinestones at Madison Square Garden in 1962. The gown was famously known as “Marilyn Monroe rhinestone dress.”

Who Made Marilyn Monroe’s Dress?
  • A. William Travilla
  • B. Charles LeMaire
  • C. Nia Novella Travilla
  • D. Dona Drake

Oscar-winning costume designer Jean Louis created the glistening attire Monroe. She had to be stitched into the flesh-colored gown before the party to avoid shattering any of the 2,500 crystals it was decorated with. 

Monroe had to be sewed into the dress because it was so form-fitting, which caused her entrance onto the Madison Square Garden stage to be delayed. It was allegedly dubbed “skin and beads” by her. 

According to the website of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!The $4.8 million Marilyn Monroe JFK birthday dress was the most expensive dress ever sold when it was purchased in November 2016. Jim Pattison, a business magnate from the small Saskatchewan town of Luseland, owns the corporation. 

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