ICONS ON ICONS: MARILYN MONROE AND THE PIN-UP SWIMSUIT

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

words by LUCY BULLING • Fashion

HOW MARILYN MONROE PUT THE 'SEX' INTO THE EVER ALLURING PIN-UP SWIMSUIT.

‘Icons On Icons’ is a series dedicated to the fashion pieces that have become as synonymous with style as the luminary responsible for thrusting them into the fashion zeitgeist. From classic beauty trends to your most worn and loved wardrobe staples - Icons On Icons is here to remind you why some superstars and silhouettes will forever be remarked as a true fashion icon.

Marilyn Monroe is a sex symbol like no other. The sheer nature of alliteration in the name speaks to a level of purpose and meaning that many can only hope to emulate. There is no other person in history who emulates the definition of the ‘pin-up girl’ like Marilyn. It is therefore not surprising she made the pin-up swimsuit a go-to choice for style mavens around the globe for summers on end. Fawned over by the masses even beyond her death, we (the fashion crowd) owe more than we know to Ms Monroe.

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ADRIANA DEGREAS

Bacio bandeau lips print bikini, $313 at FarFetch

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Dolce & gabbana

Leopard print high rise bikini, $365 at Matchesfashion

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DODO BAR OR

Off the shoulder floral print bikini, $277 at Net-A-Porter

4/15

FAITHFULL THE BRAND

Tessa and Helena polka-dot bikini, $170 at Net-A-Porter

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LISA-MARIE-FERNANDEZ

Poppy gold metallic seersucker bikini, $424 at Lisa Marie Fernandez

6/15

LOVESHACKFANCY

Casandra sunsuit, $265 at LoveShackFancy

7/15

MARA HOFFMAN

Gamela Striped High Leg One Piece Swimsuit, $275 at NeimanMarcus

8/15

MARYSIA

Palm Springs Tie Maillot in denim, $530 at Marysia

9/15

NORMA KAMALI

Bill Mio (Black), $350 at Norma Kamali

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NORMA KAMALI

Bill Mio (Red), $350 at Norma Kamali

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NORMA KAMALI

Butterfly Mio, $175 at Norma Kamali

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SOLID & STRIPED

The Hollywood one piece, $168 at Solid&Striped

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VERDELIMÓN

Porto Polka Dot One Piece Swimsuit, $233 at Olivela

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ZIMMERMANN

Allia ruched one piece, $315 at FarFetch

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ZIMMERMANN

Heathers pin-tuck lace bikini, $182 at Net-A-Porter

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