Twentieth Century Fox has partnered with regional Victorian town Bendigo, about an hour outside of Melbourne, to house an exhibition that showcases around 100 of the film legend’s costumes and personal effects.
As a part of the exhibition Bendigo has secured the ‘Forever Marilyn’ sculpture by American artist Seward Johnson. The sculpture is an eight meter high statue of the film icon, as depicted in the famous subway dress scene from the 1955 film, ‘The Seven Year Itch’. The statue has been hosted in US cities Chicago and Palm Springs before being dismantled and shipped to Australia. The statue is now stationed in Bendigo’s center, generating a great deal of excitement from locals and intrigue from visitors.
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Alongside dresses and accessories from films and selected artefacts from her life, the exhibition includes rare studio portraits, wardrobe test photographs, lobby cards and film posters. All the items in the collection were sourced from private collections all over the world and is the first time they have been shown in Australia.
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The Marilyn Monroe exhibition is on until 10 July 2016.