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  • Patricia Marshall as Pat McClellan wearing a pink and silver beaded chemise dress in the 1947 film "Good News."
    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    Good News

    1947

    Costume seen on Patricia Marshall as Pat McClellan

  • An extra as a dancer wearing a pink and silver beaded chemise dress in the "Beautiful Girl" montage number in the 1952 film "Singin' in the Rain."
    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    Singin' in the Rain

    1952

    Costume seen on an extra as a dancer in the "Beautiful Girl" montage number

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About the Costume

Helen Rose frequently designed costumes for period films that were much more contemporary in taste than the period they were supposed to depict. Good News is set in 1927, and while the costumes do include some references to the period, the women’s costumes conform to the 1940s silhouette with a defined bust, fitted torso, and shoulder pads. This dress is the only one in the film that refers to the beaded chemise dresses of the 1920s.

The dress is a deliberate stand-out and features in the film’s plot line. New sorority member Pat McClellan is reprimanded for asking a sorority sister to fix the dress and informed it is much too showy for a party at the sorority house. However, when she reveals herself as an ego-centric, social climbing gold-digger, she is told the dress is perfectly suited to her, and she makes her dramatic entrance down the staircase to a bevy of ogling football players.

This distinctive piece was used again in a musical number in the 1952 classic Singin’ in the Rain!

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About the Costume

Helen Rose frequently designed costumes for period films that were much more contemporary in taste than the period they were supposed to depict. Good News is set in 1927, and while the costumes do include some references to the period, the women’s costumes conform to the 1940s silhouette with a defined bust, fitted torso, and shoulder pads. This dress is the only one in the film that refers to the beaded chemise dresses of the 1920s.

The dress is a deliberate stand-out and features in the film’s plot line. New sorority member Pat McClellan is reprimanded for asking a sorority sister to fix the dress and informed it is much too showy for a party at the sorority house. However, when she reveals herself as an ego-centric, social climbing gold-digger, she is told the dress is perfectly suited to her, and she makes her dramatic entrance down the staircase to a bevy of ogling football players.

This distinctive piece was used again in a musical number in the 1952 classic Singin’ in the Rain!

Helen Rose frequently designed costumes for period films that were much more contemporary in taste than the period they were supposed to depict. Good News is set in 1927, and while the costumes do include some references to the period, the women’s costumes conform to the 1940s silhouette with a defined bust, fitted torso, and shoulder pads. This dress is the only one in the film that refers to the beaded chemise dresses of the 1920s.

The dress is a deliberate stand-out and features in the film’s plot line. New sorority member Pat McClellan is reprimanded for asking a sorority sister to fix the dress and informed it is much too showy for a party at the sorority house. However, when she reveals herself as an ego-centric, social climbing gold-digger, she is told the dress is perfectly suited to her, and she makes her dramatic entrance down the staircase to a bevy of ogling football players.

This distinctive piece was used again in a musical number in the 1952 classic Singin’ in the Rain!

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