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  • Greta Garbo as Marguerite Gautier wearing a ruffled gown adorned with stars in the 1936 film "Camille."
    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    Camille

    1936

    Costume seen on Greta Garbo as Marguerite Gautier

  • Joan Fontaine as the second Mrs. de Winter wearing a ruffled gown adorned with flowers in the 1940 film "Rebecca."
    • Selznick International Pictures

    Rebecca

    1940

    Costume seen on Joan Fontaine as the second Mrs. de Winter

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About the Costume

Adrian designed the stunning white gown for Greta Garbo’s starring role in the 1936 film Camille. It was reused several years later in the 1940 film Rebecca, where Joan Fontaine wore it as the second Mrs. de Winter. 

At first, it’s difficult to tell that the gowns are the same, the costume in Rebecca clearly having been heavily made over, with the stars being removed, flowers added to the skirt and additional lace around the bodice and sleeves. However, a wardrobe test of Joan Fontaine trying on various other famous gowns is what clues us in that these two dresses are, in fact, the same. As Fontaine stands in front of the camera, the dress from Camille appears in its unaltered form, the stars still present. 

In Rebecca, the gown is an essential part of the plot. The dress appears in a painting in the gallery hall of Manderly, which the housekeeper tricks the second Mrs. de Winter into copying for a costume ball. Unbeknownst to her, this is the same gown that the first Mrs. de Winter (Rebecca) had copied just before her death. When the second Mrs. de Winter appears in the costume before her husband, the mysteries of the novel begin to unravel. 

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About the Costume

Adrian designed the stunning white gown for Greta Garbo’s starring role in the 1936 film Camille. It was reused several years later in the 1940 film Rebecca, where Joan Fontaine wore it as the second Mrs. de Winter. 

At first, it’s difficult to tell that the gowns are the same, the costume in Rebecca clearly having been heavily made over, with the stars being removed, flowers added to the skirt and additional lace around the bodice and sleeves. However, a wardrobe test of Joan Fontaine trying on various other famous gowns is what clues us in that these two dresses are, in fact, the same. As Fontaine stands in front of the camera, the dress from Camille appears in its unaltered form, the stars still present. 

In Rebecca, the gown is an essential part of the plot. The dress appears in a painting in the gallery hall of Manderly, which the housekeeper tricks the second Mrs. de Winter into copying for a costume ball. Unbeknownst to her, this is the same gown that the first Mrs. de Winter (Rebecca) had copied just before her death. When the second Mrs. de Winter appears in the costume before her husband, the mysteries of the novel begin to unravel. 

Adrian designed the stunning white gown for Greta Garbo’s starring role in the 1936 film Camille. It was reused several years later in the 1940 film Rebecca, where Joan Fontaine wore it as the second Mrs. de Winter. 

At first, it’s difficult to tell that the gowns are the same, the costume in Rebecca clearly having been heavily made over, with the stars being removed, flowers added to the skirt and additional lace around the bodice and sleeves. However, a wardrobe test of Joan Fontaine trying on various other famous gowns is what clues us in that these two dresses are, in fact, the same. As Fontaine stands in front of the camera, the dress from Camille appears in its unaltered form, the stars still present. 

In Rebecca, the gown is an essential part of the plot. The dress appears in a painting in the gallery hall of Manderly, which the housekeeper tricks the second Mrs. de Winter into copying for a costume ball. Unbeknownst to her, this is the same gown that the first Mrs. de Winter (Rebecca) had copied just before her death. When the second Mrs. de Winter appears in the costume before her husband, the mysteries of the novel begin to unravel. 

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  1. Holy Moly, I went to check on the wardrobe tests for “Rebecca” and it’s a film history fashion show! The first dress is an Adrian design for Anita Louise in “Marie Antoinette” and the last one is a Norma Shearer costume from “Romeo and Juliet.” Mixed in is also two “Gone with the Wind” costumes and a “Becky Sharp” costume. Amazing.

  2. Thanks for posting the test shot. I am truly amazed. Of course I am simultaneously appalled that this was done, but it’s impossible to refute passed on the photo.

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  1. Holy Moly, I went to check on the wardrobe tests for “Rebecca” and it’s a film history fashion show! The first dress is an Adrian design for Anita Louise in “Marie Antoinette” and the last one is a Norma Shearer costume from “Romeo and Juliet.” Mixed in is also two “Gone with the Wind” costumes and a “Becky Sharp” costume. Amazing.

  2. Thanks for posting the test shot. I am truly amazed. Of course I am simultaneously appalled that this was done, but it’s impossible to refute passed on the photo.

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  1. Holy Moly, I went to check on the wardrobe tests for “Rebecca” and it’s a film history fashion show! The first dress is an Adrian design for Anita Louise in “Marie Antoinette” and the last one is a Norma Shearer costume from “Romeo and Juliet.” Mixed in is also two “Gone with the Wind” costumes and a “Becky Sharp” costume. Amazing.

  2. Thanks for posting the test shot. I am truly amazed. Of course I am simultaneously appalled that this was done, but it’s impossible to refute passed on the photo.

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