Behind the Scenes Photos of Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Red Dress Sitting’ Series, January 1957

Milton Greene photographed Marilyn Monroe in this series, appropriately titled “The Red Dress Sitting” for Life Magazine in January 1957, after Marilyn had returned from her honeymoon in Jamaica with Arthur Miller.

This series produced several memorable images, displaying the playful eroticism that was apparent in all their work together. Marilyn teases with her hair in this sensuous image with one leg crossed in front, her elbow propped on the other. Her fiery red heels match her dress and pop perfectly against a black background.

Milton used a twin lens Rolleiflex with a 2.8 Planar lens and early Kodak E-3 Ektachrome color positive film. No longer printable photographically, the original film was drum-scanned. This was the last photo session Marilyn and Milton did together.

(Photos by Milton Greene)

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