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  • Barbara Stanwyck as Thelma Jordan wearing a dress decorated with open vertical stitching in the 1949 film "The File on Thelma Jordan."
    • Paramount Pictures

    The File on Thelma Jordan

    1949

    Costume seen on Barbara Stanwyck as Thelma Jordan

  • Teresa Wright as Edna Miller wearing a dress decorated with open vertical stitching in the 1952 film "Something to Live For."
    • Paramount Pictures

    Something to Live For

    1952

    Costume seen on Teresa Wright as Edna Miller

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Edith Head designed this blue gown, accented with open vertical stitching, for Barbara Stanwyck to wear in the 1949 film The File on Thelma Jordan. The piece was seen again a few years later in the 1952 film Something to Live For, where Teresa Wright wore it as Edna Miller. 

The costume went up for auction at Bonhams in 2019. The auction description describes the dress as follows:

Paramount Pictures, 1950. Designed by Edith Head. Blue-gray linen cap-sleeved day dress with a vertical design of cream-colored stitching from top to bottom, with a flared skirt and built-in cream-colored belt, bearing an interior blue-lettered “Paramount” label inscribed, “Teresa Wright” in black ink. Universally beloved Barbara Stanwyck is believably evil in this underrated film noir directed by Robert Siodmak in which she plays Wendell Corey for a fool. Edith Head, well known for reusing costumes, used this dress two years later for Teresa Wright in Something to Live For (1952) in which she plays an alcoholic. Both actresses wore the dress in their respective films as well as in publicity portraits. Accompanied by 2 publicity stills and a color lithograph of Stanwyck wearing the dress.

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About the Costume

Edith Head designed this blue gown, accented with open vertical stitching, for Barbara Stanwyck to wear in the 1949 film The File on Thelma Jordan. The piece was seen again a few years later in the 1952 film Something to Live For, where Teresa Wright wore it as Edna Miller. 

The costume went up for auction at Bonhams in 2019. The auction description describes the dress as follows:

Paramount Pictures, 1950. Designed by Edith Head. Blue-gray linen cap-sleeved day dress with a vertical design of cream-colored stitching from top to bottom, with a flared skirt and built-in cream-colored belt, bearing an interior blue-lettered “Paramount” label inscribed, “Teresa Wright” in black ink. Universally beloved Barbara Stanwyck is believably evil in this underrated film noir directed by Robert Siodmak in which she plays Wendell Corey for a fool. Edith Head, well known for reusing costumes, used this dress two years later for Teresa Wright in Something to Live For (1952) in which she plays an alcoholic. Both actresses wore the dress in their respective films as well as in publicity portraits. Accompanied by 2 publicity stills and a color lithograph of Stanwyck wearing the dress.

Edith Head designed this blue gown, accented with open vertical stitching, for Barbara Stanwyck to wear in the 1949 film The File on Thelma Jordan. The piece was seen again a few years later in the 1952 film Something to Live For, where Teresa Wright wore it as Edna Miller. 

The costume went up for auction at Bonhams in 2019. The auction description describes the dress as follows:

Paramount Pictures, 1950. Designed by Edith Head. Blue-gray linen cap-sleeved day dress with a vertical design of cream-colored stitching from top to bottom, with a flared skirt and built-in cream-colored belt, bearing an interior blue-lettered “Paramount” label inscribed, “Teresa Wright” in black ink. Universally beloved Barbara Stanwyck is believably evil in this underrated film noir directed by Robert Siodmak in which she plays Wendell Corey for a fool. Edith Head, well known for reusing costumes, used this dress two years later for Teresa Wright in Something to Live For (1952) in which she plays an alcoholic. Both actresses wore the dress in their respective films as well as in publicity portraits. Accompanied by 2 publicity stills and a color lithograph of Stanwyck wearing the dress.

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