Often imitated but never duplicated, even after all these years, Monroe had a way of turning even a simple Pucci print into something sexy.
Over her professional career, she was dressed by some of Hollywood’s top designers, including William Travilla, who made her his muse and was, according to Mr. Nickens and Mr. Zeno, briefly her lover.
“They had a terrific relationship, he really understood her,” Mr. Nickens said in a recent phone interview. “He appreciated her input, and, you know, her big thing in life was being taken seriously and being respected.
“He did that for her, he understood what she had that made her so special.”
Mr. Travilla, whose credits included “The Seven Year Itch,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “Monkey Business,” created two of the most iconic dresses in film history — both worn, of course, by Monroe.
For a “Seven Year Itch” scene in which Monroe cools off on a hot summer night, Mr. Travilla designed a draped, halter-neck dress of white pleated rayon acetate that would billow like a parachute when the actress stood over a subway grate on New York City’s Lexington Avenue.
The scene was shot on Sept. 15, 1954.
“That subway dress is a deceptively simple masterpiece,” Mr. Nickens said.
It also inspired countless versions of the modern-day sundress, because who wouldn’t want to look like Monroe?
Our attempt is to introduce best practices and accelerate business collaborations for the Designers, Models and to benefit all stakeholders” says, Mr. Badal Saboo, Managing Director of ABIL Pune Fashion Week. “Our endeavour is to discover new talent and provide a commercial platform for their success.
“Our focus is on bolstering the budding fashion industry in the city to make it strong, alive and vibrant as it is on the streets of Europe, he adds.Mr. Vikram Phadnis, Mentor ABIL Pune Fashion Week said, “We have provided a platform for nurturing designers in the city and are offering them an exclusive opportunity to rub shoulders with the most celebrated names from the world of fashion. The third season promises much more glamour, glitterati and never-seen-before trends.”
Mentored by Vikram Phadnis and Nivedita Saboo from the designer fraternity, and a fabulous team consisting of ABIL Pune Fashion Week Production Director Rakesh Wadhwa. Vahbis Mehta & Alison Kanuga as Choreographers, Kapil Bhalla & Kaajee Babu Rai as Hair & Make-Up Artist, Damandeep Chaudhary & Delnaz Daruwala as Backstage Management and overall event coordination by Kalyani Karandikar.
ABIL Pune Fashion Week 2012 will present a set of collections for the current season rather than the future, blending contemporary styles within the Indian perception of beauty and creating a range that is unique and specific.ABIL Pune Fashion Week 2012 will be held on 11th, 12th and 13th of April 2012 from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm at Hotel Westin, Koregoan Park, Pune. The event will cater to a niche audience, where entry is restricted through invitations only.
ABIL Pune Fashion Week is an initiative taken by the creative thinkers of the fashion fraternity in the city to bring together the fashion mayhem in the cultural city of Pune.