27 October 2008

Film Inspiration: Bus Stop


This weekend I was supposed to be working on a grant application, but feeling overwhelmed I decided to curl up with my computer and Netflix and watch a movie. The kitties and I piled into bed to catch Bus Stop (1956) starring Marilyn Monroe. The basic premise of the film can be read over at Wikipedia if you're interested. As a movie it's interesting and provides quite a few moments to think about the portrayal of women. Monroe as Cherie admits that she's been with men which the male main character comes to accept. At first this seems like an amazing achievement for 1950s film until you take into consideration that the male lead isn't really the best catch.

In terms of wardrobing, Monroe only wears a few outfits throughout the film which is unsurprising considering it barely covers two days of time. Monroe's main outfit is in the pictures above. The look is stunning on her and the belted waist and pencil skirt perfectly emphasize how small her waist was. Throughout the whole movie I kept thinking how much I loved her look. On Saturday I went shopping for the camisoles and cardigans I put on my "must buy list" and came across the perfect black pencil skirt that could have been a replica of Marilyn's. It was at TJ Maxx and was from CC Couture. They had just one so I snatched it off the rack and hurried to the fitting room to find that it was too big. Curse you shopping gods, curse you! I will not be foiled. I will keep looking and I'll let you all know what I come up with.

6 comments:

The Paper Doll said...

I love marilyn, she's my favoutite old hollywood actress - so glamorous :)

miss vintage love said...

I love this movie and her wardrobe even more!

copperoranges said...

i love that photograph of monroe. seeing the seams on her tights, sitting unladylike .. yet her expression is so innocent and happy and unaware. she's so beautifully sexy.

Aimée said...

Marilyn is just so beautiful, she maintained that wide-eyed innocence in most of her movies. She's just got a natural attraction to her; even when she's fully bundled up she just exudes appeal.

storylandvintage said...

this is my favorite marilyn movie. i have the movie poster on my bedroom wall:)

Aimée said...

Oh jealousy! And the movie is being added to the "my husband is going to be gone for weeks and weeks and I need brilliant movies to fill my evenings with" list!