Analysis Of Marilyn Monroe 's ' The Black Evening Gown '

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Since women started to become more valued in the workforce, they also wanted to reward themselves by expressing how they felt through style. The booming designer of the time, Christian Dior, really helped women find their identify through simple fabrics along with tasteful and simple designs. Dior took over the closets of all women from the 1940’s all the way through the mid 1950’s. The waist became the focal point of the human figure and the bustlines started to raise and take shape. The shoulders stayed soft with rich fabrics and colors and the length of the dresses and skirts became effortlessly long and full of life. The most iconic women of this time that really took a grasp of this era was Marilyn Monroe. In the late 1940’s in…show more content…
Mainly worn by the elite society, they displayed not only your class structure but how much the person stayed up with current events. Major designers of this time included but are not limited to, Cristobal Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain, Hubert de Givenchy, and Charles James. Charles James became a highly renowned dress designer of the early to mid 1950’s. He constructed dresses that resembled architect renderings. He considered himself as an artist and a sculptor of dress rather than a dressmaker. His most well known gown was the Clover Leaf gown (figure 10) that was commissioned for Austine Hearst in 1953. Hearst wanted to wear this gown for the Eisenhower Inaugural Ball of 1953. But like most works of art, they take time and sometimes are not finished by the deadline. Hearst was unable to unveil the gown at the Ball, but instead received it shortly after. According to the Met, "Punk" attracted 442,350 visitors over the course of its three-month run. That makes it one of the five best-attended shows the Met 's Costume Institute has mounted in the last quarter-century and puts it well ahead of last year 's intelligent and perplexing Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada two-hander (339,838 viewers). Nearly 5,000 visitors traipsed through the "Punk" exhibition, with its ersatz CBGB toilet, every day. By way of comparison, the Met 's newly renovated American wing, featuring such crowd-pleasers as Washington Crossing the Delaware, pulls in 2,000 visitors a day;

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