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.