Capture Mid-50s Glamour in “My Week with Marilyn”

Michelle Williams as movie star Marilyn Monroe

While shows like “Mad Men” have retro style dialed to the early 60s, “My Week with Marilyn” showcases mid-50s glamour to great effect.

The film shows a private side of Marilyn Monroe that isn’t all Hollywood bombshell. The movie tells the true story of a 23-year-old Oxford grad working as a lowly gofer on the set of ‘The Prince and the Showgirl” (which starred Sir Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe and filmed in England).

Four decades after the movie wrapped, the assistant’s diary was published, but missing the titular week. Published later, “My Week with Marilyn” tells the story of a personal entanglement with Monroe after her new husband Arthur Miller left England.

Actress Michelle Williams plays Marilyn Monroe, capturing her mix of fragility and confidence and wearing what are now iconic accessories. Look for Wayfarer sunglasses to shield from the paparazzi’s blinding lights; headscarves to protect those platinum curls, conical bras to show off those famous assets; top handle handbags and demure pumps, as were the style of the times; and the best accessory? That painted on mole.

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Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine
As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories Magazine for the past 12 years, Lauren Parker has covered accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.