Visiting the Design Centre and its temporary Marilyn Monroe exhibition is like stepping back in an era we would all have loved to witness.... an era with a gorgeous and talented Marilyn Monroe, an icon which inspires thousands of us on a daily basis.
With highlights from David Gainsborough-Roberts' private collection (including the sheer black beaded and sequined dress worn by Monroe in her Golden Globe winning role Sugar Kane as she crooned “I’m Through With Love” in the award winning 1959 film Some Like it Hot; an elaborate embellished stage gown worn by Monroe as she sang “After You Get What You Want You Don’t Want It” in the 1953 comedy There’s No Business Like Show Business which was designed by one of Marilyn’s all-time favorite designers, William Travilla; a pink linen halter wiggle dress designed for Monroe by Dorothy Jenkins for the 1953 thriller Niagara; a green satin one-piece with black sequins and gold fringe worn by Monroe as she sang “That Old Black Magic” in the 1956 film Bus Stop and a lilac satin leotard worn by Monroe as Lillian Russell in the 1958 photo series by Richard Avedon and featured in Life magazine in 1958) this is a unique experience not to be missed!
But that's not all. The collection also includes a few pieces of fine jewelry ever owned by Monroe and handwriting letters from the artist herself.
This exhibition, ending on June 20th, offers a rare opportunity to see originals designs as well as never seen-before personal treasures. "This will be the first and only time that these remarkable pieces are available for public viewing in the UK" Says the Design Centre at Chelsea Harbour.
So, come and see them before they leave the UK for worldwide tour ending with a live auction on Saturday, November 19th and Sunday, November 20th, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
If you feel like taking part of the auction, or if your other half is feeling generous, find below some current estimations:
Marilyn Monroe 'Some like it hot' cocktail dress
Estimation: $200,000 - $400,000
Marilyn Monroe 'There's no business like show business' swim costume
Estimation: $20,000 - $40,000
Marilyn Monroe 'The prince and the showgirl' gown
Estimation: $100,000 - $200,000
For more information about the auction, click here