Norman Norell: Marilyn’s Designer Honoured in Indiana

Norman Norell, who designed some of Marilyn’s most famous dresses – from the white satin number she chose for the premiere of The Seven Year Itch in 1955, to the green ‘mermaid gown‘ she wore at the Golden Globes in 1962 – will be honoured next week with a state historical marker in his Indiana hometown, the Noblesville Current reports. Once known as ‘the Dean of American fashion,’ Norell died in 1972 – but his style has garnered new interest recently, with a major retrospective – and accompanying book – in 2018 (see here.)

“A new Indiana state historical marker will be unveiled April 20 in Noblesville. The marker commemorates Norman Norell, a Hamilton County native who was one of the nation’s leading fashion designers during the post-World War II period.

The dedication will be at 4:15 p.m. at the new marker, which is on Eighth Street between Cherry Street and Maple Avenue.

The marker will read ‘Norman Norell, 1900-1972 / Dean of American Fashion.’ Because of COVID-19, the unveiling will not be open to the public but it will be livestreamed through the Hamilton County Historical Society’s Facebook page. A larger public program will take place later this year.”

The Indiana Historical Bureau, a division of the Indiana State Library, oversees the state historical marker program. State historical markers commemorate significant individuals, organizations, places and events in Indiana history.”