Marilyn Monroe photo exhibition at the Getty Images gallery, Oxford Circus, London 14th April 2012

Marilyn Monroe at the Getty Images gallery, Oxford Circus, London 14th April 2012

A fantastic new exhibition showing off a collection of well-known and rare archive photos of Marilyn Monroe is currently running at the Getty Image Gallery near Oxford Circus, central London.

Marilyn Monroe at the Getty Images gallery, Oxford Circus, London 14th April 2012

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Monroe’s death, the free exhibition also includes rare video footage and a selection of some of her most famous outfits.

Marilyn Monroe at the Getty Images gallery, Oxford Circus, London 14th April 2012

It’s quite a funny feeling getting so close some of Marilyn’s most iconic dresses: this saucy number is from Bus Stop (1956) – see film still below [Photo: wikipedia].

Marilyn Monroe at the Getty Images gallery, Oxford Circus, London 14th April 2012

Marilyn Monroe at the Getty Images gallery, Oxford Circus, London 14th April 2012

There’s some wonderful photos on display.

Marilyn Monroe at the Getty Images gallery, Oxford Circus, London 14th April 2012

This black beaded cocktail dress is easily one of Marilyn’s most famous outfits, and was worn in Some Like It Hot (1959).

Marilyn Monroe at the Getty Images gallery, Oxford Circus, London 14th April 2012

Created by Hollywood designer Orry-Kerry, the dress was so tightly fitting that Marilyn had to be lifted up to sit on top of the piano to sing, “I’m through with love” in the film.

Marilyn Monroe at the Getty Images gallery, Oxford Circus, London 14th April 2012

One of my favourite photos from the show is this candid snap of Marilyn and Arthur Miller riding bikes.

She looks stunning.

Marilyn Monroe at the Getty Images gallery, Oxford Circus, London 14th April 2012

Marilyn Monroe at the Getty Images gallery, Oxford Circus, London 14th April 2012

Marilyn Monroe at the Getty Images gallery, Oxford Circus, London 14th April 2012

More info:
Getty Images gallery
46 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DX
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus

Opening Hours  (Admission is free)
Monday – Friday: 10am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 12 – 5.30pm
Closed: May bank holiday weekend, Saturday 5th – Monday 7th May
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7291 5380
Exhibition runs until the 23rd May 2012.