Friday, October 29, 2010

"Imitation of Life" White and Blue Gown

This gown has been on my to-do list for years. When another Gene collector asked me if I was planning on making this costume from the Lana Turner film "Imitation of Life" I decided to move it up the list and take a break from making "Rear Window" costumes. It is made of silk chiffon, which wasn't too hard to work with.

This gown was relatively easy to make compared to my latest projects. The hardest thing was finding the right shade of blue for the sash.

The sash can be worn in several different ways.

The jewelry was a gift from Jennifer and Katherine O' Hare, that I received at the "Hollywood Ahoy" convention in 2009. It is perfect.

I watched the gown scene many times in the movie. In the first shots, the sash is a dark teal color, but then later it looks blue, like in the above photo. I found this blue silk chiffon in Seattle this past Summer. Almost every time I leave Whidbey Island, I try to hit a fabric store or two. My three sons love fabric stores, and by love I mean I have to bribe them with candy, toys, and gum.

Distant Venus is my beautiful model.


JavaBeanRush said...

Fabulous! This is one of my favorites of Bill Thomas' designs in the film.

Absolutely breathtaking!

Lauren said...

Wow! Beautiful!

Belladonna said...

It's beautiful just like your other creations but I prefer day wear like you do. Day wear with unusual cut and plain fabric (no motif, just plain high quality fabric)so I could match it with any hats. I like hats more than clothes :)

Mary said...

Very nice, she looks very pretty, anyway thought this could be interesting I found this website that can create a super-realistic doll heads of anyone from just a photo. Imagine making doll of yourself, your kids, your boss or your favorite celebrity!

Apparently they can make the heads in many scales to fit Barbie-like dolls, Tonner dolls or even smaller figurines like Polly Pocket.

Sabrina said...

do you know where i can get the pattern to make the dress with the teal scarf please? its been my dream dress since i was 12 and now have the money to have it made but the tailor asked me to get a better photo of the film scene but its tough so i thought u may have used a pattern by any chance?