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

    Marie Antoinette

    1938

    Costume seen on Norma Shearer as Marie Antoinette

  • Joan Crawford as Mary McKay wearing a pale blue gown decorated with feathers and sparkles in the 1939 film "The Ice Follies of 1939."
    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    The Ice Follies of 1939

    1939

    Costume seen on Joan Crawford as Mary McKay

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It’s hard to determine if these gowns are one and the same, but I would lean towards them being the same. First, we know that gowns that were needed to appear white on black and white film were often made in pale blue or pale pink, so the fact that this “white” gown from Marie Antoinette would really be blue is not at all outside the realm of possibility. The gown appears in The Ice Follies of 1939 and seems to be intact. That being said, many costumes often had multiples created, so it could still be the same costume, just not the exact same gown. What do you think?

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About the Costume

It’s hard to determine if these gowns are one and the same, but I would lean towards them being the same. First, we know that gowns that were needed to appear white on black and white film were often made in pale blue or pale pink, so the fact that this “white” gown from Marie Antoinette would really be blue is not at all outside the realm of possibility. The gown appears in The Ice Follies of 1939 and seems to be intact. That being said, many costumes often had multiples created, so it could still be the same costume, just not the exact same gown. What do you think?

It’s hard to determine if these gowns are one and the same, but I would lean towards them being the same. First, we know that gowns that were needed to appear white on black and white film were often made in pale blue or pale pink, so the fact that this “white” gown from Marie Antoinette would really be blue is not at all outside the realm of possibility. The gown appears in The Ice Follies of 1939 and seems to be intact. That being said, many costumes often had multiples created, so it could still be the same costume, just not the exact same gown. What do you think?

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Costume Commentary

  1. This gown is incredibly detailed and I love the White gown. I’ll bet this is a size 3 or something as many of these gowns appear to be tiny.

  2. Somebody uploaded the 1946 film Two Sisters from Boston on youtube. You can see the costume starting just before the two-minute-mark on this clip
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6oB63sEMJI&feature=plcp&context=C3572297UDOEgsToPDskI0tkOv5P_WpcQnL60AK7OC

    And I think I saw this dress on an extra, too (at 2:50, and at 3:56). I wouldn’t be surprized if there are more.
    http://recycledmoviecostumes.com/costume/stuartgeorgian026/#cst-stuartgeorgian026

  3. They also reused one of Shearer’s wigs from `Marie Antoinette’ for the character of Lina Lamonte in `Singin’ In The Rain’.

  4. Thank you! What wonderful information! I imagine very much that you are likely correct. Thank you for letting me know the information about the film being meant to be shot in colour – it is so beautiful in black and white, but I would be curious to see how brilliant colour would have made it!

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Costume Commentary

  1. This gown is incredibly detailed and I love the White gown. I’ll bet this is a size 3 or something as many of these gowns appear to be tiny.

  2. Somebody uploaded the 1946 film Two Sisters from Boston on youtube. You can see the costume starting just before the two-minute-mark on this clip
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6oB63sEMJI&feature=plcp&context=C3572297UDOEgsToPDskI0tkOv5P_WpcQnL60AK7OC

    And I think I saw this dress on an extra, too (at 2:50, and at 3:56). I wouldn’t be surprized if there are more.
    http://recycledmoviecostumes.com/costume/stuartgeorgian026/#cst-stuartgeorgian026

  3. They also reused one of Shearer’s wigs from `Marie Antoinette’ for the character of Lina Lamonte in `Singin’ In The Rain’.

  4. Thank you! What wonderful information! I imagine very much that you are likely correct. Thank you for letting me know the information about the film being meant to be shot in colour – it is so beautiful in black and white, but I would be curious to see how brilliant colour would have made it!

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Costume Commentary

  1. This gown is incredibly detailed and I love the White gown. I’ll bet this is a size 3 or something as many of these gowns appear to be tiny.

  2. Somebody uploaded the 1946 film Two Sisters from Boston on youtube. You can see the costume starting just before the two-minute-mark on this clip
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6oB63sEMJI&feature=plcp&context=C3572297UDOEgsToPDskI0tkOv5P_WpcQnL60AK7OC

    And I think I saw this dress on an extra, too (at 2:50, and at 3:56). I wouldn’t be surprized if there are more.
    http://recycledmoviecostumes.com/costume/stuartgeorgian026/#cst-stuartgeorgian026

  3. They also reused one of Shearer’s wigs from `Marie Antoinette’ for the character of Lina Lamonte in `Singin’ In The Rain’.

  4. Thank you! What wonderful information! I imagine very much that you are likely correct. Thank you for letting me know the information about the film being meant to be shot in colour – it is so beautiful in black and white, but I would be curious to see how brilliant colour would have made it!

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