Infatuation with Marilyn Monroe
The Palm Springs Art Museum features a photo exhibit of backyard swimming pools from the 1940s to the 80s. There are several photos of Marilyn Monroe and her pool. I think one reason why people liked her so much was because she had a humble beginning. She was someone with which everyone could root for and identify with.
Famous photographer, Lawrence Schiller took the shot posted here. Check out the pools at this link.
“As part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980 regional initiative, Backyard Oasis examines swimming pools in photographs from 1945 to 1982 as visual analogs of the ideals and expectations associated with Southern California. These images of individual water-based environs in the arid landscape are an integral part of the region’s identity, a microcosm of the hopes and disillusionments of the country’s post-World War II ethos. As a private setting, the backyard pool became a stage for sub-culture rituals and clandestine desires. As a medium, photography became the primary vehicle for embodying the polar emotions of consumer optimism and Cold War fears. Crossing the boundaries of popular and high culture, commercial merchandising, journalistic reporting, and vernacular memorabilia, photography conveyed the developing ideologies of the period. As such, its visual language forms a network of discursive topics that open onto each other, offering a rich study of physical and cultural geography. For the first time, this exhibition, its catalogue, and attendant programs trace the integrated histories of photography and the iconography of the swimming pool, bringing new light to aspects of this complex interaction."
“MY WEEK WITH MARILYN: BETH JONES' MAKEOVER (PHOTOS)
to be seen, not all covered up." And that's exactly what blogger Beth Jones of B. Jones Style had in mind when she decided to explore the screen legend's oft-imitated style in her latest series, My Week With Marilyn.
Not only does Beth share Monroe's blonde tresses, she's also a woman that dresses for her shape -- belted frocks, cropped denim and structured blazers all flaunt her figure. Beth channeled the famous actress in sexy sheaths and sky-high stilettos, but left the Spanx at home. Why? Because Monroe embraced her imperfections.
And what Marilyn transformation would be complete without her famous 'do and makeup? With an arsenal of hairspray and false eyelashes, Beth was able to believably emulate Monroe's signature style without looking like a Halloween costume.
Check out Beth's week with Marilyn in the slideshow below, and don't forget to visit B. Jones Style for more inspiration:”