When Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden, she wore the O.G. naked dress, a skintight column designed by Jean Louis that was covered in 2,500 rhinestones. The designer had to sew it onto the actress, who had specifically requested that the dress make her look “sparkling and naked,” according to Hal Rubenstein. “I can now retire from politics after having had ‘Happy Birthday’ sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way,” Kennedy said after he took the stage.
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