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    Marilyn Monroe showgirl costume worn at a 1955 Madison Square Garden charity benefit. (1955) On March 30, 1955 at a Madison Square Garden charity event put on by Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus to benefit the Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation, Marilyn wore this spectacular showgirl costume constructed of ivory taffeta with black velvet ribbon stripes applied to a 1-piece zippered back closure bodice with bikini-cut bottom, ornamented with rhinestones, teardrop pearls, faux diamonds and sequins. Padded black velvet trim and piping to edges and sequined nude chiffon above the bust line. Two fabric loops attach in the back of the costume to form a large bow trailing 29 in. trains and pleated crepe streamers. Plumes of blonde ostrich feathers flank the oversize bow at the back of the costume to cover the bodice closure. Myriad round .5 in. mirror sequins are strategically placed throughout the costume (even on ostrich feathers) to take advantage of the Madison Square Garden's spotlights to make the star glimmer. It was in the staging area behind the arena where they prepared the animals, clowns and other acts, that Monroe, wearing this costume, climbed aboard a pink elephant (her own idea to paint the pachyderm pink!). Monroe and Milton Greene also planned to that night announce the formation of Marilyn Monroe Productions. Together she and Greene thought of this event as her reappearance on the grand stage after her much publicized divorce from Joe DiMaggio. She intended to make a big entrance - and succeeded! Exhibiting minor fading, some fraying to seams, spot staining, tearing to some crepe edges, missing sequins and beads, and light soiling to feathers. Unrestored, in vintage very good condition.  Provenance: this costume was acquired by the consignor directly from Joshua Greene, son of Milton H. Greene, vice president of Marilyn Monroe Productions, who attended the event at Madison Square Garden.

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