60 Years Ago: Marilyn Strikes a Pose for ‘Vogue’

On June 23, 1962 – sixty years ago this week – Marilyn was photographed for Vogue by Bert Stern at the Bel Air Hotel, as noted in the latest issue of French e-zine Crazy For You. This daring shoot has become iconic, but Vogue editor Diana Vreeland wanted something more elegant, and a second sitting was scheduled for July 10-12.

Marilyn made her Vogue debut in the September issue, but sadly the feature was less a celebration than a memorial. Following the shock of her death in August, a selection of images from the July session were accompanied by a brief tribute from writer Joan Didion.