Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dress of the Day - July 11, 2011

Dress of the Day: Walter Plunkett, dress for Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind (1939). This is the famous "curtain dress," when Scarlett visits Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) in jail to ask him for money, but has nothing to wear. The green velvet drapes are one of the only things left intact at Tara and she has Mammy (Hattie McDaniel)  take them down and turn them into a dress.
Walter Plunkett was one of the major designers in Hollywood's Golden Age, designing for such movies as Little Women (both 1933 and 1949), The Gay Divorcee, Singin' in the Rain, Father of the Bride, and Kiss me Kate. He specialized in period and dance costumes. It is interesting how in Gone With the Wind and other period films, Plunkett evoked the historical style while incorporating modern elements. He also influenced current fashions; Scarlett O'Hara's barbecue dress for Gone With the Wind inspired many knockoffs.

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