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  • Norma Shearer as Marie Antoinette wearing a velvet gown decorated with embroidery and appliqués in the 1938 film "Marie Antoinette."
    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    Marie Antoinette

    1938

    Costume seen on Norma Shearer as Marie Antoinette

  • An extra wearing a velvet gown decorated with embroidery and appliqués in the 1946 film "Two Sisters from Boston."
    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    Two Sisters from Boston

    1946

    Costume seen on an extra

  • Janis Carter as Christine Roualt wearing a velvet gown decorated with embroidery and appliqués in the 1946 film "The Fighting Guardsmen."
    • Columbia Pictures

    The Fighting Guardsman

    1946

    Costume seen on Janis Carter as Christine Roualt

  • An extra wearing a green velvet gown in the 1952 film "Scaramouche."
    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    Scaramouche

    1952

    Costume seen on an extra as a theater attendee

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About the Costume

The 1938 film Marie Antoinette was arguably the largest, most outlandish costume drama that classic Hollywood had seen up to that point. Adrian, known for his distinctive style and attention to detail, was tasked with creating hundreds of costumes for the production. He visited France, collected antique fabrics, and studied paintings of the period intensely. The result was, of course, a highly stylized take on the 18th century, but it was spectacular to see nonetheless. 

The film was originally meant to be shot in color, but due to money issues was eventually filmed in black and white. Thankfully many of these costumes went on to be used again in other films, which helped offset the cost spent on the costumes and occasionally allowed glimpses of the actual colors used.

Norma Shearer wore this green velvet gown, accented with gold embroidery and appliqués in the title role of Marie Antoinette. It was seen twice in 1946, first in Two Sisters from Boston on an extra and then again on Janis Carter as Christine Roualt in The Fighting Guardsman. It makes a “blink and you’ll miss it” appearance in the famous fight scene in the 1952 film Scaramouche.

The gown and several others from Marie Antoinette are in the collection at FIDM. 

 

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About the Costume

The 1938 film Marie Antoinette was arguably the largest, most outlandish costume drama that classic Hollywood had seen up to that point. Adrian, known for his distinctive style and attention to detail, was tasked with creating hundreds of costumes for the production. He visited France, collected antique fabrics, and studied paintings of the period intensely. The result was, of course, a highly stylized take on the 18th century, but it was spectacular to see nonetheless. 

The film was originally meant to be shot in color, but due to money issues was eventually filmed in black and white. Thankfully many of these costumes went on to be used again in other films, which helped offset the cost spent on the costumes and occasionally allowed glimpses of the actual colors used.

Norma Shearer wore this green velvet gown, accented with gold embroidery and appliqués in the title role of Marie Antoinette. It was seen twice in 1946, first in Two Sisters from Boston on an extra and then again on Janis Carter as Christine Roualt in The Fighting Guardsman. It makes a “blink and you’ll miss it” appearance in the famous fight scene in the 1952 film Scaramouche.

The gown and several others from Marie Antoinette are in the collection at FIDM. 

 

The 1938 film Marie Antoinette was arguably the largest, most outlandish costume drama that classic Hollywood had seen up to that point. Adrian, known for his distinctive style and attention to detail, was tasked with creating hundreds of costumes for the production. He visited France, collected antique fabrics, and studied paintings of the period intensely. The result was, of course, a highly stylized take on the 18th century, but it was spectacular to see nonetheless. 

The film was originally meant to be shot in color, but due to money issues was eventually filmed in black and white. Thankfully many of these costumes went on to be used again in other films, which helped offset the cost spent on the costumes and occasionally allowed glimpses of the actual colors used.

Norma Shearer wore this green velvet gown, accented with gold embroidery and appliqués in the title role of Marie Antoinette. It was seen twice in 1946, first in Two Sisters from Boston on an extra and then again on Janis Carter as Christine Roualt in The Fighting Guardsman. It makes a “blink and you’ll miss it” appearance in the famous fight scene in the 1952 film Scaramouche.

The gown and several others from Marie Antoinette are in the collection at FIDM. 

 

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  • Adrian (Adrian Adolph Greenburg)

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