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Marilyn Monroe's shoes and costumes

...which mediate the aura of the Hollywood star will be presented at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in Florence from June 2012 until January 2013.

fig.: In 1999, the museum purchased 14 pairs of the actress' shoes originally designed by the Italian born shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo (1898 - 1960) himself, who achieved during his time in California the title 'shoemaker to the stars'.

'Marilyn Monroe' is the museum's third exhibition which focuses on a star from Hollywood: in 1999 the museum named one show 'Audrey Hepburn, a woman, the style', in 2010 'Greta Garbo. The mystery of style' followed. At 'Marilyn Monroe', the museum will present for the exploration of the relationship between fashion, art and culture additionally movie costumes of the star and art works which reflect the myth of Marilyn Monroe.

Video (trailer 'My Week with Marilyn'): Marilyn Monroe is probably one of the greatest myths the dream factory Hollywood has brought to life during the 20th century. Recently, the movie 'My Week with Marilyn' premiered (directed by Simon Curtis, starring Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh). Co-author Colin Clark 'appears' as one of the main roles in the film (Eddie Redmayne plays Colin Clark who worked as a young man on the set together with Marilyn in the late 50s). The story of the film throws a new light onto the production of 'The Prince and the Showgirl' (1957, Kenneth Branagh in the role of director Laurence Olivier).

David Hudson from the digital cinema/film culture magazine 'Notebook' summarizes statements of other journalists about the movie and finds at The New York Times (article written by Manohla Dargis) an explanation for the interest of the world in Marilyn Monroe: "Maybe it's because it's so difficult to imagine her as Old Marilyn that she has become a Ghost of Hollywood Past, a phantom that periodically materializes to show us things that have been."

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