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    • Selznick International Pictures
    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    Gone With the Wind

    1939

    Costume seen on Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara

    • Republic Pictures

    The Sombrero Kid

    1942

    Costume seen on Lynn Merrick as Dorothy Russell

    • Republic Pictures

    In Old California

    1942

    Costume seen on Helen Parrish as Ellen Sanford

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About the Costume

This gown has a fascinating history beyond the already impressive fact that it was designed by Walter Plunkett and worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind.

Two copies of this gown, known as the “Shanty Town Gown,” were made for the original production. One was for Vivien Leigh’s stunt double, and one was for Vivien herself, though no one knows which version of the gown was worn by which woman. They were made out of blue ottoman fabric, though the color has, with time, faded to more of a gray.

After the film ended, the gowns made their way into the property of the Western Costume Company, where they went on to be used in two more films. The Film In Old California even features the gown paired with its capelet, which was unused for Gone With the Wind.

One of the copies of the dress was sold at auction by Butterfields and Butterfields (now renamed Bonhams) and is on display with the unused capelet at Planet Hollywood in Orlando. The other copy was purchased by James Tumblin in the 60s from the Western Costume Company for $20. James owns the most extensive collection of Gone With the Wind memorabilia in the world, and the gown has been on display several times over the years.

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About the Costume

This gown has a fascinating history beyond the already impressive fact that it was designed by Walter Plunkett and worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind.

Two copies of this gown, known as the “Shanty Town Gown,” were made for the original production. One was for Vivien Leigh’s stunt double, and one was for Vivien herself, though no one knows which version of the gown was worn by which woman. They were made out of blue ottoman fabric, though the color has, with time, faded to more of a gray.

After the film ended, the gowns made their way into the property of the Western Costume Company, where they went on to be used in two more films. The Film In Old California even features the gown paired with its capelet, which was unused for Gone With the Wind.

One of the copies of the dress was sold at auction by Butterfields and Butterfields (now renamed Bonhams) and is on display with the unused capelet at Planet Hollywood in Orlando. The other copy was purchased by James Tumblin in the 60s from the Western Costume Company for $20. James owns the most extensive collection of Gone With the Wind memorabilia in the world, and the gown has been on display several times over the years.

This gown has a fascinating history beyond the already impressive fact that it was designed by Walter Plunkett and worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind.

Two copies of this gown, known as the “Shanty Town Gown,” were made for the original production. One was for Vivien Leigh’s stunt double, and one was for Vivien herself, though no one knows which version of the gown was worn by which woman. They were made out of blue ottoman fabric, though the color has, with time, faded to more of a gray.

After the film ended, the gowns made their way into the property of the Western Costume Company, where they went on to be used in two more films. The Film In Old California even features the gown paired with its capelet, which was unused for Gone With the Wind.

One of the copies of the dress was sold at auction by Butterfields and Butterfields (now renamed Bonhams) and is on display with the unused capelet at Planet Hollywood in Orlando. The other copy was purchased by James Tumblin in the 60s from the Western Costume Company for $20. James owns the most extensive collection of Gone With the Wind memorabilia in the world, and the gown has been on display several times over the years.

Credits

Sighting Credit:
  • Nikki – The Scarlett Rose Garden
  • Dee – Scarlett Online
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Costume Designer:
  • Walter Plunkett

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