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    • Warner Bros.

    The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

    1939

    Costume seen on Bette Davis as Elizabeth I

    • Warner Bros.

    The Sea Hawk

    1940

    Costume seen on Brenda Marshall as Doña Maria

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About the Costume

This fabulous dress from the 1939 film The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex was designed by Orry Kelly for Bette Davis as Elizabeth I.  Many of the costumes from the film went on to be used again the next year in the 1940 The Seahawk, where it was worn on Brenda Marshall as Doña Maria. The sleeves were altered and the lace ruff was removed for the second usage.

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About the Costume

This fabulous dress from the 1939 film The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex was designed by Orry Kelly for Bette Davis as Elizabeth I.  Many of the costumes from the film went on to be used again the next year in the 1940 The Seahawk, where it was worn on Brenda Marshall as Doña Maria. The sleeves were altered and the lace ruff was removed for the second usage.

This fabulous dress from the 1939 film The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex was designed by Orry Kelly for Bette Davis as Elizabeth I.  Many of the costumes from the film went on to be used again the next year in the 1940 The Seahawk, where it was worn on Brenda Marshall as Doña Maria. The sleeves were altered and the lace ruff was removed for the second usage.

Credits

Sighting Credit:
  • Katie S.
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Costume Designer:
  • Orry-Kelly

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