Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Warner Brothers 1947

My Wild Irish Rose

From the December 1947 issue of Atlantida comes these sketches and photos of three film costumes and the contemporary retail counter parts they inspired.

The evening dress King wears in one of the cabaret scenes is done in a cyclorama of black, red and diamonds, the costume is cut along princess lines, with the hem bordered in an embroidered motif of montes, sequins and pearls. Topping the ensemble is a black velvet hat edged in matching spaghetti looping iced with a boa of ostrich feathers in a bright cherry red.

A silk nightgown in heaven blue wih a platinum shaded lace hemline flounce caught in a rosette of miniature French flowers. The matching bed jacket of blue silk chiffon trimmed with numerous yards of pleated meline. A magnificent bertha collar and widely flared hipline emphasize the wasp waist of the period.

In the famed dinner scene at Rector's, an off-the-shoulder dinner gown of imported lame, boasting a train spread of seven yards, is covered with a layer of black tulle embroidered in black beads. Gold shoes, a jet choker and tiara complete the ensemble that is covered by an extravagant ermine wrap.

Arlene Dahl wears simplier clothes as King's best friend, such as a Sunday dress of white batiste with hand tuckings of insertion lace. With it she carries a hand-embroidered batiste parasol and wears white lace gloves plus a sweeping sailor hat in natural straw sporting four dusty pink roses swathed in white meline.


Eve Arden in "Whiplash."

Always Together

Joyce Randolph in "Always Together."
Left outfit is black and white checked wool while right is shaded green hard-finish wool with stand-up collar and draped hip styling.

“I think it is the most beautiful wardrobe I've ever had since my debut in pictures. You know Travilla had a difficult time designing clothes for a secretary and heiress at the same time. We got along beautifully until I refused to succumb to the fashion trend of lengthened skirts. Mine are still I'm glad to say, at an alluring length.

“One suit I adore is an oyster-white linen. It features a tailored bolero and navy and white striped blouse. The slim-waisted skirt has a wide buckle-belt and tw slash pockets buttoned in gold. It's a budget sress with high stepping ideas.”

Joyce Reynolds to columnist Nona Croft 1947

Escape Me Never

That Hagen Girl

Cry Wolf

 ??????????? (left) Geraldine Brooks (right)

Pat White

Pat White
Barbara Stanwick with Edith Head in background
Love and Learn

The Unfaithful (See Ann Sheridan)

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