August 5, 2012 will mark the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death. She is a true American iconic figure who has influenced many different genres of both art and design. She was quite the celebrity during her life and her popularity this year has mushroomed. We see her images everywhere! Learn how she influenced art and interiors with her luxurious style.
Why did Marilyn Monroe become an iconic figure?
Some may say the reason why Marilyn became such an iconic figure was because of the American artist Andy Warhol. Around the time that Marilyn died, Andy was in the phase of his art career where he was silk screening popular American objects and people. Among these images were a group of celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Troy Donahue, Muhammad Ali, Jackie Kennedy, and Elizabeth Taylor. He picked most of the celebrities because they had had a big influence on the masses. It was ironic that Andy created the iconic pop-art picture of Marilyn the week that she died. This gave her pictures some shock value as well as enhancing her celebrity status. A great documentary that I would suggest to you if you are interested in learning more about Andy Warhol’s work is Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film: American Masters (2006) Part 1 and Part 2.
This documentary has many interesting facts about Marilyn. Information that is specific to Marilyn starts at (1:25:08) one hour twenty-five minutes and eight seconds into the movie. It goes on to explain why Andy thought the timing was everything when creating a pieces of art showcasing the iconic star.
How Marilyn has Influenced Interiors?
Since Marilyn has become an iconic American symbol, many accessories and furniture pieces have been made to remember her. I have provided some pictures to show you how many different areas in interior design Marilyn has influenced.
Not only has Marilyn’s influence been seen in accessories but interior art as well…
Marilyn’s image is so versatile when it comes to design that you are able to use her in many different genres of interiors including but not limited to both whimsy and glamour. If you have been inspired from this blog to create a pillow or a piece of furniture that shows Marilyn Monroe, Fabrics and Frames may be able to help. We specialize in building custom furniture and re-upholstery. If you have stumbled upon a favorite Marilyn Monroe fabric and wish to create your own unique piece from it, we can help! By accepting C.O.M. (customer’s own materials) we can help you create “dream come true” furniture as well as small accessories such as ottomans and pillows.
For more fun facts about Marilyn visit: http://www.windsorstar.com/entertainment/movie-guide/things+didn+know+about+Marilyn+Monroe/7016543/story.html
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Writen By: Erica Guajardo
Edited By: Linda Decuir