Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Dresses of Gone With The Wind

A few months ago, I went to see an exhibit at the University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center titled "Producing Gone With the Wind."  The Harry Ransom Center holds a collection of materials from the production of the movie Gone With The Wind, and the big draw for me, of course, was that they put some of the costumes on display. 

I took a ton of pictures, you guys!  I deliberately overexposed the photographs of some of the darker dresses, and then postprocessed all of the photos, to bring out details in the seaming.  Less pretty, but more informative.  Without further ado, here they are.

The green wrapper Scarlett wears in the scene where she tells Mammy she will not have any more children:
The godets in the skirt back add an incredible amount of fullness:
And the embroidery is stunning:

A replica of the wedding dress from Scarlett's first marriage.  It took 31 yards of French silk satin and 340 hours to create.

The dress has 160 silk leaves and 20 lace leaves:

Who could forget the curtain dress?  Conservation work on this dress took over 180 hours.
The bodice has multiple darts for shaping:

A replica of the blue (purple?) velvet peignoir that Scarlett wears in the scene when Bonnie dies. This replica took 30 yards of silk velvet to make.  The back view is partly out of focus-- sorry about that!

Finally, here is the red velvet ball gown Rhett makes Scarlett wear after India walked in on Scarlett and Ashley:
The dress is embellished with rhinestones and ostrich feathers:
And the bustle is fantastic:

I hope you've enjoyed the photos!  You can see more of my photos, as well as higher-resolution versions of all of the photos, in my Flickr album.  You can also read more about the exhibition and the costumes at the Harry Ransom Center's website.

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