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Monday, November 24, 2014

That Dress!!! Kay Francis in "Mandalay"

Once upon a time (and still to this day), my ideal of movie glamour included something shiny and sparkly. Over time, my taste has become slightly more refined, but I confess my eyes are always drawn to the glitter and sparkle and way-too-much that spells glamour to me.


One such dress that screams all of the above is worn by Kay Francis in 1934's "Mandalay." Sleek as a thoroughbred, Kay is poured into liquid simmer and adorned with feathers, Vaseline, bangles and attitude.




If you were a female star at Warner Brothers in the 1930s, chances are you were gowned by the great Orry-Kelly. In "Mandalay," Kelly created a wardrobe for Kay that reflected the slightly scarlet, slightly sympathetic and very steamy world inhabited by the fabulously named Spot White.


Because Orry-Kelly was on an orgy of glamour with Kay, I have included a few other goodies from "Mandalay." Kay managed to look gorgeous whether adorned with jewels, flowers, feathers, a fan or sequins, either one at a time or all at once.






For Kay in "Mandaly" too much is just right.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

That Dress!!!! Unforgettable Movie Dresses: Scarlett's Love Bird Dress

I think this will become a regular post here (as regular as irregular posts go) - unforgettable movie dresses.

My absolute number 1 movie dress obsession is Scarlett's Love Bird Dress from GONE WITH THE WIND.

Vivien Leigh as Scarlett in her beautiful Love Bird Dress


Seen only briefly and from the waist up, this is the dress Scarlett is wearing in the New Orleans honeymoon scene.

Designer Walter Plunkett designed a true fashion work of art for Scarlett and the dress was seen for just a few seconds.


Plunkett's original sketch

I have not been able to find any full length photos of Vivien Leigh in this dress. However, its beauty is not forgotten, as it appears again, years later, on the Red Carpet celebrating great cinematic costume design. (Thanks for the photo, Inge!)

There it is again!!!


I have not been able to track down what actually happened to the original. I'd love to know the fate of this beautiful dress.