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Marilyn and Her Female Audiences: Consumption, Transgression, Emulation

Church Gibson, Pamela (2015) Marilyn and Her Female Audiences: Consumption, Transgression, Emulation. Film, Fashion and Consumption, 4 (2 & 3). pp. 159-175. ISSN 20442823

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Church Gibson, Pamela

Marilyn Monroe has been variously claimed as both symbol and product of the new consumerism and changing mores of the 1950s. A few hundred Monroe-inspired books are currently in print, ranging from biographies to different modes of academic investigation; although there are within them often rather brief accounts of her on and off-screen mode of self-presentation, more attention should certainly be paid to the impact of her appearance on contemporary female audiences in this very complex decade. For during the years of her stardom, the patterns of behaviour and the dress codes then offered to women past their teenage years were particularly restrictive. But although elements of Monroe’s style were certainly copied at mass market level, she was never claimed as a ‘fashion icon’ like other stars. She was arguably stigmatized too by class hauteur and her perceived subversive potential.

Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Intellect
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Date: 2015
Digital Object Identifier: 772044 282001
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2016 11:44
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2019 10:48
Item ID: 9854
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/9854

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