This showgirl costume, designed by Travilla, was first worn by Marilyn Monroe as Cherie in the 1956 film Bus Stop. It was worn again several years later in 1959 in The Man Who Understood Women, on Leslie Caron as Ann Garantier.
This costume was eventually purchased by Debbie Reynolds, who amassed a very large Hollywood costume collection over the years. She sold her collection recently in a series of auctions. This costume was sold on December 3rd, 2011, for $230,000.
Costume Credit: Michael, glasgow1975
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Sex, Lies and the Politics of Padded Bras
Doesn’t it seem somewhat ludicrous that certain clothes are ‘honest’ and certain clothes are ‘dishonest’? The ickyness of the phrase ‘problem areas’ aside, this quote seems to be saying that there would have been more honesty if she had worn clothes that emphasized ‘problem areas’ and ignored ‘assets.’ But that doesn’t seem to make any sense– that sounds like honesty is making yourself look the way you don’t want to look.
Why is the bust something important enough to bring up dishonesty and deception? Because it’s seen as a bargaining chip in a sexual relationship, bigger boobs being more valuable. Fraud is only relevant if you are replacing something of higher value with something of lesser value. Deceit comes into play when the result is hurtful. The only reason push up bras can be dishonest is because boobs are viewed as commodities that increase a woman’s sexual value.