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  • Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara wearing a cream wedding gown in the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind."
    • Selznick International Pictures
    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    Gone with the Wind

    1939

    Costume seen on Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara

  • Joan Fontaine as the second Mrs. de Winter wearing a gown in a 1940 wardrobe test for the film" Rebecca."
    • Selznick International Pictures

    Rebecca (Wardrobe Test)

    1940

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

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About the Costume

This gown was designed by Walter Plunkett for Vivien Leigh in David O Selznick’s Gone With the Wind, though it makes only a very brief appearance. The next year when Selznick was looking for costumes to use for the second Mrs. de Winter to wear to the ball scene in Rebecca, he had a wardrobe test done with his star, Joan Fontaine, trying on several famous gowns. In the end, this gown was not selected to use in the final film.  

This dress, as well as several others from Gone With the Wind, are now housed at the Harry Ransom Center. Unfortunately, they are in extremely fragile condition and are not on display. However, in 1987 the center had reproductions of the originals made. You can learn more about the gowns and the collection here.

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About the Costume

This gown was designed by Walter Plunkett for Vivien Leigh in David O Selznick’s Gone With the Wind, though it makes only a very brief appearance. The next year when Selznick was looking for costumes to use for the second Mrs. de Winter to wear to the ball scene in Rebecca, he had a wardrobe test done with his star, Joan Fontaine, trying on several famous gowns. In the end, this gown was not selected to use in the final film.  

This dress, as well as several others from Gone With the Wind, are now housed at the Harry Ransom Center. Unfortunately, they are in extremely fragile condition and are not on display. However, in 1987 the center had reproductions of the originals made. You can learn more about the gowns and the collection here.

This gown was designed by Walter Plunkett for Vivien Leigh in David O Selznick’s Gone With the Wind, though it makes only a very brief appearance. The next year when Selznick was looking for costumes to use for the second Mrs. de Winter to wear to the ball scene in Rebecca, he had a wardrobe test done with his star, Joan Fontaine, trying on several famous gowns. In the end, this gown was not selected to use in the final film.  

This dress, as well as several others from Gone With the Wind, are now housed at the Harry Ransom Center. Unfortunately, they are in extremely fragile condition and are not on display. However, in 1987 the center had reproductions of the originals made. You can learn more about the gowns and the collection here.

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  • Walter Plunkett

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  1. Part of the “lore” of this dress is that Plunkett had it cut on the dressmaker’s dummy designated for Barbara O’Neill, the actress playing Scarlett’s mother, Ellen. It’s meant to emphasize the plot point that the dress was supposed to be Ellen’s wedding dress, with the style 20 years previous and too big, as Scarlett’s wedding was rushed and alterations weren’t made.

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  1. Part of the “lore” of this dress is that Plunkett had it cut on the dressmaker’s dummy designated for Barbara O’Neill, the actress playing Scarlett’s mother, Ellen. It’s meant to emphasize the plot point that the dress was supposed to be Ellen’s wedding dress, with the style 20 years previous and too big, as Scarlett’s wedding was rushed and alterations weren’t made.

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  1. Part of the “lore” of this dress is that Plunkett had it cut on the dressmaker’s dummy designated for Barbara O’Neill, the actress playing Scarlett’s mother, Ellen. It’s meant to emphasize the plot point that the dress was supposed to be Ellen’s wedding dress, with the style 20 years previous and too big, as Scarlett’s wedding was rushed and alterations weren’t made.

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