ICONS ON ICONS: MARILYN MONROE AND THE PRINTED SUMMER SHIRT

Marilyn Monroe  boarding a plane to Mexico, 1962

Marilyn Monroe boarding a plane to Mexico, 1962

words by LUCY BULLING • Fashion

HOW MARILYN MONROE PUT THE 'SEX' INTO ONE OF THE DAGGIEST OF FASHION ICONS - THE PRINTED SUMMER SHIRT.

‘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. The woman could make simple, and in the case of The Printed Shirt, 'daggy’, a time-honored trend. 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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Acne, $264*

Green & White Rellah Theatre Shirt, Available at Ssense

2/17

AMIRI, $627*

Palm and leopard print short-sleeved silk shirt, Available at FarFetch

3/17

BALENCIAGA, $695*

Printed silk-jacquard shirt, Available at Net-A-Porter

4/17

DODO BAR, $530

Noemie floral-print silk-jacquard shirt, Available at Net-A-Porter

5/17

EQUIPMENT, $280

Essential floral-print silk-satin shirt

6/17

Gucci

Bowling shirt with watercolor flowers, Available at Gucci

7/17

Gucci

Silk Twill Shirt, Available at Gucci

8/17

KENZO, $445

Printed silk crepe shirt, Available at

9/17

LOEWE

Paula Print Short Sleeve Shirt, Available at Loewe

10/17

Marni, $980

Two-tone printed silk crepe de chine shirt

11/17

MONTCLER GENIUS

4 Moncler Simone Rocha Embroidered Floral Shirt, Available at SaksFifthAvenue

12/17

prada, $1710

Metallic brocade shirt, Available at Net-A-Porter

13/17

PRADA, $1200

Tie-dyed cotton-poplin shirt, Available at Net-A-Porter

14/17

PROENZA SCHOULER

Cotton-Short-Sleeve Shirt , Available at SaksFifthAvenue

15/17

R-13, $459

Hawaiian floral print shirt, Available at FarFetch

16/17

SAINT LAURENT, $1350

Printed Button Down Shirt, Available at Farfetch

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STAUD, $175

Sail Top, Available at Staud

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