- By Kat Tanita -
In the basement of Palazzo Spini Feroni in Florence, Italy, amongst 17th and 18th century Fiorentine masterpieces, The Museo Salvatore Ferragamo is commemorating the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death. As one of their most beloved leading ladies – as well as loyal customers – they’re celebrating her life with an exclusive book simply titled Marilyn, as well as an exhibition sure to garner the attention of Marilyn Monroe lovers the world over – and honestly, who isn’t a fan of the vivacious bombshell?
This multi-media exhibition showcases 50 of the leading lady’s most recognizable ensembles (including the iconic white dress from the “The Seven Year Itch” which just sold for $4.6 million at auction), while compelling and beautiful unseen photographs, letters, movie clips and hand written journals fill up the rooms. As Salvatore Ferragamo compared Marilyn to the Greek Goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, it’s no wonder she owned an extensive collection of Ferragamo pieces. In fact, he personally designed 40 pairs of shoes – 30 of which are featured throughout the exhibit – for his favorite blonde starlette. Unlike his notorious Vara design, he instead created a “sexy, with a high heel” shoe (4 inches to be exact) perfectly reflective of Marilyn’s persona.
Throughout the various displays, curators Stefania Ricci and Sergio Risaliti have artfully given all of us an alternate view of the ultimately short, but compelling life of Marilyn Monroe. They’ve highlighted her intelligence, passion and drive and created an intimate portrait of her talent, beauty and glamour that has truly captivated the heart and essence of this forever to be remembered Hollywood icon.
Kat Tanita is the founder and editor of With Love From Kat; a New York based style blog. She is also a social media consultant for luxury fashion and décor companies while also a contributing Writer for OliviaPalermo.com, @glitterguide, and @madebygirl. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @KatTanita.