Archive for November 21st, 2010

2010/11/21

Marilyn Monroe in Chinchilla

Marilyn Monroe

Originally uploaded by Famous Fashionistas

I confess I’m rather ‘neutral’ on Marilyn Monroe. I agree that she is attractive, but never had any particularly greater appeal to me beyond that. If there is some ‘objective’ standard of attractiveness, she certainly meets it, but I’ll take Garbo any day. In terms of her approximate contemporaries, I’d prefer Natalie Wood.

Also, like most actresses that achieved super stardom in the 50s and 60s, her fur wardrobe was a bit inhibited by the fashions of the time. This is a shot from 1962 in Vogue, displaying a fur that’s reasonably rare in any era: chinchilla.

That’s due mostly to the cost, I reason. I will say this, if you’ve never actually “experienced” chinchilla, at least do yourself a favor, drop into your local furrier, assuming you have one, and see if they have a chinchilla coat. You’re in for a unique and powerful tactile experience.