Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dress of the Day - June 29, 2011

Dress of the Day: Orry-Kelly for Bette Davis in "Jezebel" (1938). In this film set in antebellum New Orleans, Bette Davis plays Julie Marsden, a headstrong belle who shocks everybody by wearing this red dress to the ball instead of the traditional, virginal white. For black and white film, however, a red dress would look almost black, so this dress was actually brown so that it would look lighter than black, and believably red. Orry-Kelly designed regularly for Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, and other stars in classic Hollywood. I love his costumes for Bette Davis in this film and others such as "Now Voyager"  and "Mr. Skeffington."

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