Costume Designer Recreated Marilyn Monroe’s Most Iconic Looks
From ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ to ‘The Seven Year Itch,’ How ‘Blonde’ Costume Designer Recreated Marilyn Monroe’s Most Iconic Looks
“At the eleventh hour, a tailor from Western Costume figured it out,” says Johnson, who also designed period looks for “I, Tonya.”
The pleating was created by pressing fabric over folded cardboard molds. “You make a mold, and you heat it in a little closet, and no one does that anymore,” Johnson explains.
When it came to re-creating the quintessential “flying skirt” moment when Monroe steps over a subway grate, Johnson says, there was “a whole mathematical layout of the amount of fabric to get that arc beautiful and right.”