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  • An uncredited actress as a new postulate wearing a green floral dress in the 1965 film "The Sound of Music."
    • Twentieth Century Studios

    The Sound Of Music

    1965

    Costume seen on an uncredited actress as a new postulate

  • Julie Andrews as Maria wearing a green floral dress in the 1965 film "The Sound of Music."
    • Twentieth Century Studios

    The Sound of Music

    1965

    Costume seen on Julie Andrews as Maria

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This floral gown is a great example of intentional reuse within the same movie. It’s barely noticeable but very clever on the part of the costume designer and director. The dress was made for the 1965 film The Sound of Music and was first worn by an uncredited extra as a new postulate. Julie Andrew’s character, Maria, mentioned earlier in the film that when she entered the abbey, “all of our worldly possessions were given to the poor.” So the new postulate was essentially about to give away her clothes as she entered the abbey, just as Maria was about to leave it. As Maria would have no clothes to go back to the von Trapp household with, she would have been given this gown upon her exit. This is never set up explicitly in the film, but it is a nice small bit of storytelling happening in the background told through clothing.

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About the Costume

This floral gown is a great example of intentional reuse within the same movie. It’s barely noticeable but very clever on the part of the costume designer and director. The dress was made for the 1965 film The Sound of Music and was first worn by an uncredited extra as a new postulate. Julie Andrew’s character, Maria, mentioned earlier in the film that when she entered the abbey, “all of our worldly possessions were given to the poor.” So the new postulate was essentially about to give away her clothes as she entered the abbey, just as Maria was about to leave it. As Maria would have no clothes to go back to the von Trapp household with, she would have been given this gown upon her exit. This is never set up explicitly in the film, but it is a nice small bit of storytelling happening in the background told through clothing.

This floral gown is a great example of intentional reuse within the same movie. It’s barely noticeable but very clever on the part of the costume designer and director. The dress was made for the 1965 film The Sound of Music and was first worn by an uncredited extra as a new postulate. Julie Andrew’s character, Maria, mentioned earlier in the film that when she entered the abbey, “all of our worldly possessions were given to the poor.” So the new postulate was essentially about to give away her clothes as she entered the abbey, just as Maria was about to leave it. As Maria would have no clothes to go back to the von Trapp household with, she would have been given this gown upon her exit. This is never set up explicitly in the film, but it is a nice small bit of storytelling happening in the background told through clothing.

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  • Dorothy Jeakins

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  1. You are absolutely correct – in the film the girl is actually taken to the “robing room” where she will disgard her clothes, which is probably where Maria would have gotten them from.

  2. I think there are several other scenes where there is a dress someone else wore on Maria. I don’t have any photos, it just seems like she did. (this is just a tid bit about the movie, in the scene where Maria leave the Abby, the REAL Maria Von Trapp crossed in a traditional blue austrian costume in the background.)

  3. Oh, thank you Elisabeth! I did not know the script specified! That’s awesome!

    I’ve watched this movie dozens of times, and it was terrible that I didn’t notice! I saw Maria’s dress and kept thinking “Where have I seen that dress before?” It took me many, many viewings to figure out…I’d seen it in the scene just before….silly me!

  4. How clever! I never even thought of this one. You’re right about the reason for re-using it – I have a copy of the original stage play script and it specifies that Maria wears the postulant’s dress when she returns.

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Costume Commentary

  1. You are absolutely correct – in the film the girl is actually taken to the “robing room” where she will disgard her clothes, which is probably where Maria would have gotten them from.

  2. I think there are several other scenes where there is a dress someone else wore on Maria. I don’t have any photos, it just seems like she did. (this is just a tid bit about the movie, in the scene where Maria leave the Abby, the REAL Maria Von Trapp crossed in a traditional blue austrian costume in the background.)

  3. Oh, thank you Elisabeth! I did not know the script specified! That’s awesome!

    I’ve watched this movie dozens of times, and it was terrible that I didn’t notice! I saw Maria’s dress and kept thinking “Where have I seen that dress before?” It took me many, many viewings to figure out…I’d seen it in the scene just before….silly me!

  4. How clever! I never even thought of this one. You’re right about the reason for re-using it – I have a copy of the original stage play script and it specifies that Maria wears the postulant’s dress when she returns.

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  1. You are absolutely correct – in the film the girl is actually taken to the “robing room” where she will disgard her clothes, which is probably where Maria would have gotten them from.

  2. I think there are several other scenes where there is a dress someone else wore on Maria. I don’t have any photos, it just seems like she did. (this is just a tid bit about the movie, in the scene where Maria leave the Abby, the REAL Maria Von Trapp crossed in a traditional blue austrian costume in the background.)

  3. Oh, thank you Elisabeth! I did not know the script specified! That’s awesome!

    I’ve watched this movie dozens of times, and it was terrible that I didn’t notice! I saw Maria’s dress and kept thinking “Where have I seen that dress before?” It took me many, many viewings to figure out…I’d seen it in the scene just before….silly me!

  4. How clever! I never even thought of this one. You’re right about the reason for re-using it – I have a copy of the original stage play script and it specifies that Maria wears the postulant’s dress when she returns.

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