Marilyn Monroe in Orientalist Dress channeling Theda Bara's 1917 rendition of Cleopatra, photographed by Richard Avedon for Life Magazine, 1958: costume & poster in Christie's Pop Culture sale, London, South Kensington, 16 December 2014
Harem costume worn by Marilyn Monroe (after Theda Bara's costume in the 1917 film Cleopatra) for a photo shoot with Richard Avedon for Life magazine, 22 December 1958 issue, 'Fabled Enchantresses' feature. From Christie's.
Richard Avedon, [Marilyn Monroe posing as Theda Bara as Cleopatra (1917) in 1958], 1/4 of Avedon's 'Fabled Enchantresses' portraits of Monroe, poster from 1983, 51 x 53 cm. From Christie's.
Theda Bara as Cleopatra in Cleopatra, 1917.
Marilyn Monroe kept this Cleopatra costume from the photo shoot in her personal collection; she was keen to play Cleopatra, but Elizabeth Taylor was awarded the role for 20th Century Fox's 1963 version of the film.
Hello Kitty exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum in LA features a Kimonoed Hello Kitty and Hello Kitty as Cleopatra aka 'Kittypatra'
Celebrating 40 years of Hello Kitty at Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty at the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, 11 October 2014-26 April 2015.
Entrance to the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty (Photo: Jessica Estrada.) From Racked.
'Kittypatra' (Hello Kitty as Cleopatra), 2014, designed by Simone Legno for Tokidoki, photographed at press event for Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty on 10 October 2014. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty.) From BBC.
Hello Kitty in Japanese dress at the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty (Photo: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times.) From LA Times.
The exhibition features 40 artist-designed Hello Kitty works, including Simone Legno's 'Kittypatra:'
Simone Legno's Kittypatra, 2014, in Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty. (Photo: Cool Hunting.) From Artnet.
Nikoo Paydar has a PhD in art history from the Courtauld Institute, London.