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  • Olivia De Havilland as Catherine Sloper wearing a gown in the 1949 film "The Heiress."
    • Paramount Pictures

    The Heiress

    1949

    Costume seen on Olivia de Havilland as Catherine Sloper

  • Vera Miles as Carlotta Valdes wearing a light purple gown with gold accents in an unused painting for the 1958 film "Vertigo."
    • Paramount Pictures

    Vertigo (Unused)

    1958

    Costume seen on Vera Miles as Carlotta Valdes in an Unused Painting

  • Joanne Genthon as Carlotta Valdes wearing a light purple gown with gold accents in the 1958 film "Vertigo."
    • Paramount Pictures

    Vertigo

    1958

    Costume seen on Joanne Genthon as Carlotta Valdes

  • A light purple gown with gold accents in a portrait of Carlotta Valdes in the 1985 film "Vertigo."
    • Paramount Pictures

    Vertigo

    1958

    Costume seen on a painting of Carlotta Valdes

  • Barbara Bel Geddes as Majorie "Midge" Wood wearing a light purple gown with gold accents in a portrait of Carlotta Valdes in the 1958 film "Vertigo."
    • Paramount Pictures

    Vertigo

    1958

    Costume seen on Barbara Bel Geddes as Marjorie "Midge" Wood in a portrait of Carlotta Valdes

  • Julie Adams as Helen Layton wearing a light purple gown with gold accents in the episode "The Courtship" of the 1961 series "Bonanza."
    • National Broadcasting Company (NBC)

    Bonanza: The Courtship

    1961

    Costume seen on Julie Adams as Helen Layton

  • Margaret Hayes as Lady Linda Chadwick wearing a light purple gown with gold accents in the episode "The Countess" of the 1961 series "Bonanza."
    • National Broadcasting Company (NBC)

    Bonanza: The Countess

    1961

    Costume seen on Margaret Hayes as Lady Linda Chadwick

  • Nina Shipman as Trudy Coombs-Harker wearing a light purple gown with gold accents in the episode "The Mountain Girl" of the 1962 series "Bonanza."
    • National Broadcasting Company (NBC)

    Bonanza: The Mountain Girl

    1962

    Costume seen on Nina Shipman as Trudy Coombs-Harker

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About the Costume

This gown, first designed for Olivia de Havilland to wear as Catherine Sloper in the 1949 film The Heiress, is said in the movie to be “Cherry Red.” However, it was very common for black and white film costumes to not be the same color described, especially as red often appeared black on black and white film. Therefore, it makes sense that the gown would have been made a different color.

When the dress appeared again in the 1958 film Vertigo, the gown was revealed to be a light purple with gold accents. The costume was used numerous times in Vertigo, both on people and in one of Hollywood’s most famous props – the painting at the center of the film. Several paintings were made for the production, including an unused version with Vera Miles as Carlotta Valdes, where she is very clearly wearing the dress. The dress appeared in the final painting for the film, as well as the painting replica of Majorie “Midge” Wood, as played by Barbara Bel Geddes. The dress appears in person in the movie as well, worn by Joanne Genthon as a woman hired to be “Carlotta.”

After that, the gown went on to be used three times in Bonanza. It was used two times in 1961, first in the episode The Courtship, on Julie Adams as Helen Layton, and then in The Countess by Margaret Hayes as Lady Linda Chadwick. In 1962 it was worn by Nina Shipman as Trudy Coombs-Harker in the episode The Mountain Girl.

 

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About the Costume

This gown, first designed for Olivia de Havilland to wear as Catherine Sloper in the 1949 film The Heiress, is said in the movie to be “Cherry Red.” However, it was very common for black and white film costumes to not be the same color described, especially as red often appeared black on black and white film. Therefore, it makes sense that the gown would have been made a different color.

When the dress appeared again in the 1958 film Vertigo, the gown was revealed to be a light purple with gold accents. The costume was used numerous times in Vertigo, both on people and in one of Hollywood’s most famous props – the painting at the center of the film. Several paintings were made for the production, including an unused version with Vera Miles as Carlotta Valdes, where she is very clearly wearing the dress. The dress appeared in the final painting for the film, as well as the painting replica of Majorie “Midge” Wood, as played by Barbara Bel Geddes. The dress appears in person in the movie as well, worn by Joanne Genthon as a woman hired to be “Carlotta.”

After that, the gown went on to be used three times in Bonanza. It was used two times in 1961, first in the episode The Courtship, on Julie Adams as Helen Layton, and then in The Countess by Margaret Hayes as Lady Linda Chadwick. In 1962 it was worn by Nina Shipman as Trudy Coombs-Harker in the episode The Mountain Girl.

 

This gown, first designed for Olivia de Havilland to wear as Catherine Sloper in the 1949 film The Heiress, is said in the movie to be “Cherry Red.” However, it was very common for black and white film costumes to not be the same color described, especially as red often appeared black on black and white film. Therefore, it makes sense that the gown would have been made a different color.

When the dress appeared again in the 1958 film Vertigo, the gown was revealed to be a light purple with gold accents. The costume was used numerous times in Vertigo, both on people and in one of Hollywood’s most famous props – the painting at the center of the film. Several paintings were made for the production, including an unused version with Vera Miles as Carlotta Valdes, where she is very clearly wearing the dress. The dress appeared in the final painting for the film, as well as the painting replica of Majorie “Midge” Wood, as played by Barbara Bel Geddes. The dress appears in person in the movie as well, worn by Joanne Genthon as a woman hired to be “Carlotta.”

After that, the gown went on to be used three times in Bonanza. It was used two times in 1961, first in the episode The Courtship, on Julie Adams as Helen Layton, and then in The Countess by Margaret Hayes as Lady Linda Chadwick. In 1962 it was worn by Nina Shipman as Trudy Coombs-Harker in the episode The Mountain Girl.

 

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