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1940s costume drama Allied, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard

Coming to UK cinemas on November 23rd (2016) is Allied - a film set in 1940s London about husband and wife Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) and Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) and their romance from Morocco, where they met, to the war effort in England. Plus, it is full of the most exquisite 1940s costumes.

The director is Academy Award-winner Robert Zemeckis who hired costume designer Joanna Johnston. Joanna has previously worked on The Boat That Rocked and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Every shot is full of gorgeous 1940s-style outfits.  All of the costumes in Allied are custom made and historically accurate to be true to the 1940s. There is glam galore with sharp tailored jackets and bias-cut silk dresses, nipped in waists, red lips, super sharp shoulders on double-breasted suits, diamante hair jewellery and brogue shoes.

ALLIED is out on November 23rd 2016 across the UK

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One of the defining dresses of 20th century fashion went on sale at Julien Auctions in Los Angeles today - Marilyn Monroe's iconic 'Happy Birthday, Mr President' dress, and it sold for a record $4.8m!! Marilyn wore the dress on 19th May 1962 to serenade John F Kennedy for his 40th birthday. The dress is a sheer tulle design, scattered with tiny, glimmering crystals

It was bought by museum chain Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, surpassing the previous most expensive dress sold at auction – Marilyn's white dress from The Seven Year Itch film (it sold for $4.6m in 2011).

Edward Meyer, vice-president of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, told the Press Association: “We believe this is the most iconic piece of pop culture that there is. In the 20th century I cannot think of one single item that tells the story of the 1960s as well as this dress. It’s a new world record for a dress.” Meyer said it was likely the dress would go on display at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in Hollywood before moving to different branches around the world.

The dress cost $12,000 when it was designed by Bob Mackie. Her performance singing in the dress became one of the last public appearances Marilyn made before her death in August 1962.

"The dress is part of our political history but it's also Hollywood, glamour, fashion. The dress is a work of art in its own right," Julien from the auction house says. "When she walked out onto the stage and took off her fur coat, everyone thought that she was naked and you can hear the gasps in the audience. Marilyn called it 'skin and beans' - she wanted the shock factor and was ahead of her time."

This dress was a "last minute addition" to the auction from a collector in New York who initially bought it at Christie's Monroe auction in 1999 for $1.26 million.

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