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  • Ava Gardner as Barbara Beaurevelle wearing a beaded gown in the 1951 film "My Forbidden Past."
    • RKO Radio Pictures

    My Forbidden Past

    1951

    Costume seen on Ava Gardner as Barbara Beaurevel

  • Jean Simmons as Carolyn Parker wearing a beaded gown in a promotional photo for the 1953 film "Affair with a Stranger."
    • RKO Radio Pictures

    Affair with a Stranger

    1953

    Costume seen on Jean Simmons as Carolyn Parker

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About the Costume

Michael Woulfe became a costume designer at RKO in 1949, where he would eventually go on to serve as the head designer on over 100 films. In 1951 he was credited with the gowns for My Forbidden Past, where one of his beautifully beaded and finely detailed dresses appeared on Ava Gardner as Barbara Beaurevel. He used the piece again two years later in the 1953 film Affair with a Stranger, where Jean Simmons wore it as Carolyn Parker in a promotional image for the film. 

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About the Costume

Michael Woulfe became a costume designer at RKO in 1949, where he would eventually go on to serve as the head designer on over 100 films. In 1951 he was credited with the gowns for My Forbidden Past, where one of his beautifully beaded and finely detailed dresses appeared on Ava Gardner as Barbara Beaurevel. He used the piece again two years later in the 1953 film Affair with a Stranger, where Jean Simmons wore it as Carolyn Parker in a promotional image for the film. 

Michael Woulfe became a costume designer at RKO in 1949, where he would eventually go on to serve as the head designer on over 100 films. In 1951 he was credited with the gowns for My Forbidden Past, where one of his beautifully beaded and finely detailed dresses appeared on Ava Gardner as Barbara Beaurevel. He used the piece again two years later in the 1953 film Affair with a Stranger, where Jean Simmons wore it as Carolyn Parker in a promotional image for the film. 

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Costume Designer:
  • Michael Woulfe

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