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Marilyn Monroe's white dress recreated with film strips

A B.C. student's re-imagining of Marilyn Monroe's iconic white dress from The Seven Year Itch — using developed film strips — is set to be displayed in Hollywood.

Modern dress is composed of developed 16 mm film strips showing 1950s advertising featuring women

Emily Carr student Braden Scheck's recreated Marilyn Monroe's iconic ivory dress for a class project. This summer it will be displayed at The Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles. (AP/Braden Scheck)

A B.C. student's re-imagination of Marilyn Monroe's iconic white dress — using film strips showing 1950s-style adverts featuring women — is set to be displayed at the Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles this summer.

    "Honestly I wasn't even expecting it. It's completely surreal and crazy," said Braden Scheck, currently in his third year at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

    "It's something I worked on for two months and put all this time and passion into, that I wasn't even sure would be pulled together."

    Emily Carr University student Braden Scheck's dress will be displayed this summer at The Hollywood Museum (Braden Scheck/Facebook)

    Film strip dress fully wearable

    The dress is a recreation of Monroe's white dress from the movie The Seven Year Itch, forever ingrained in popular culture thanks to a scene in which the actress stands on a subway grate as her dress is blown upwards by a passing train.

    The dress featured in The Seven Year Itch, which tells the story of a man married for seven years, who fantasizes about having an affair with his neighbour, played by Monroe. (20th Century-Fox Film Corporation)

    Scheck's modern version is made completely out of 16 mm developed film strips of 1950s-style advertising featuring women.

    The dress even used Monroe's measurements as a template and is fully wearable, with a zipper and buckle.

    Scheck will ship his dress to the Hollywood Museum this week, where it will be displayed for three months in the "Marilyn" exhibit alongside some of Monroe's real costumes and collectibles.

    Scheck can't make the trip down himself, but hopes to head down to L.A. at the end of the summer to pick it up.


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