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    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    Marie Antoinette

    1938

    Costume seen on Norma Shearer as Marie Antoinette

    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    Two Sisters from Boston

    1946

    Costume seen on an extra

    • Columbia Pictures

    The Fighting Guardsman

    1946

    Costume seen on Janis Carter as Christine Roualt

    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    Scaramouche

    1952

    Costume seen on an extra

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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 appliques 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 missed 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 appliques 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 missed 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 appliques 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 missed 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. 

 

Credits

Sighting Credit:
  • Michael
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Costume Designer:
  • Adrian

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