By Meghan Blalock
Updated Nov 07, 2012 @ 5:04 pm
Marilyn Monroe Erno Laszlo
Credit: Modugno, 20th Century Fox Corporation, Ted Stampfer; Courtesy Collection of Ted Stampfer, BRENTWOOD GmbH; E. Bachrach, Ted Stampfer; Courtesy Collection of Ted Stampfer, BRENTWOOD GmbH

Forty years after its closing, the Erno Laszlo Institutewhere the beauty line's eponymous founder once concocted his creations—is re-opening on West Broadway in New York's Soho. And in celebration, the star-loved skin care line is hosting a free exhibit displaying never-before-seen clothing, makeup, and accessories once belonging to its most famous muse and customer, Marilyn Monroe. The screen siren frequented The Institute in its original location on Fifth Avenue during the 1950s, and the exhibit (open now through the end of December) is paying homage to the blonde bombshell with her black-and-white checkered pants by Jax, pink Pucci blouse, and silk robe, among other things, on display. While those of us not fortunate enough to live in the Big Apple may not have a chance to see her wares in person, we can take a moment to look back at how Marilyn transformed from Norma Jean Mortensen into one of the most iconic actresses of all time.

See Monroe's evolution!