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.