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  • Margaret O'Brien as "Tootie" Smith wearing a white lace dress in the 1944 film "Meet Me in St. Louis."
    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    Meet Me in St. Louis

    1944

    Costume seen on Margaret O'Brien as "Tootie" Smith

  • Liza Minnelli as an uncredited little girl wearing a white lace dress in the 1949 film "In the Good Old Summertime."
    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

    In the Good Old Summertime

    1949

    Costume seen on Liza Minnelli as uncredited little girl

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About the Costume

Irene Sharaff most likely designed this pretty little gown. The costume was first seen in Meet Me in St. Louis in 1944, where Margaret O’Brien wore it as “Tootie” Smith. O’Brien mentioned that her costume eventually went on to be used by a young Liza Minelli in the 1949 film In the Good Old Summertime. Close inspection of the dresses does indeed reveal the same detailing in the skirt and the collar. The dress has obviously been altered to fit the much younger Minelli – the skirt clearly has been shortened at the waist and not the hem, lest the lovely detailing be removed.

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About the Costume

Irene Sharaff most likely designed this pretty little gown. The costume was first seen in Meet Me in St. Louis in 1944, where Margaret O’Brien wore it as “Tootie” Smith. O’Brien mentioned that her costume eventually went on to be used by a young Liza Minelli in the 1949 film In the Good Old Summertime. Close inspection of the dresses does indeed reveal the same detailing in the skirt and the collar. The dress has obviously been altered to fit the much younger Minelli – the skirt clearly has been shortened at the waist and not the hem, lest the lovely detailing be removed.

Irene Sharaff most likely designed this pretty little gown. The costume was first seen in Meet Me in St. Louis in 1944, where Margaret O’Brien wore it as “Tootie” Smith. O’Brien mentioned that her costume eventually went on to be used by a young Liza Minelli in the 1949 film In the Good Old Summertime. Close inspection of the dresses does indeed reveal the same detailing in the skirt and the collar. The dress has obviously been altered to fit the much younger Minelli – the skirt clearly has been shortened at the waist and not the hem, lest the lovely detailing be removed.

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  • Irene Sharaff

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  1. I could see that it’s an altered version of the same frock, but a different collar piece was used for each girl – or the collar piece was heavily edited, too.

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  1. I could see that it’s an altered version of the same frock, but a different collar piece was used for each girl – or the collar piece was heavily edited, too.

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  1. I could see that it’s an altered version of the same frock, but a different collar piece was used for each girl – or the collar piece was heavily edited, too.

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