Let's escape for a minute...into a glorious, golden exhibition, "Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood" showing in Brisbane at present.
They were the glamorous, amorous, beautiful stars of the 1920s to 1960s....dressed to impress by some of the most creative and talented costume designers of the day.
Designers like Irene, Edith Head, Adrian, Mary Wills, Dorothy Jenkins, Travilla etc etc.
Of course, the costumes were magnificent but I also liked the original sketches of the costumes....beautifully framed....the black and white photographs of the stars in those costumes (including Marlon Brando, Judy Garland, Gloria Swanson, Grace Kelly, Gene Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Lana Turner, Barbra Streisand, Julie Andrews, Fred Astaire, Robert Burton...ooohhh the list goes on and on)...and the wonderful movie clips that brought them all to life.
As Gloria famously said in Sunset Boulevard,
"Alright Mr De Mille, I'm ready for my closeup."
Barbara Stanwyck - Titanic, 1953
|I loved the original framed costume sketches...they were fabulous.|
|The glamorous, Cyd Charisse...I remember what a beautiful dancer she was!|
|Very 1950s...very Madmen. Lucille Ball, The Long, Long Trailer, 1953|
|Very pale blue silk pinafore in the centre was worn by Grace Kelly. The dress was designed by Helen Rose,|
who went on to design Grace's wedding dress!! Fantastique non?
|Darlings...we were all totally agog!!! Liz was never agog....just serenely beautiful as Cleo in the background.|
|And who do you think this is? Little Liza Minnelli...with Irene, that wonderful costume designer.|
|Liz...fabulous actress...and fabulous beauty.|
|Just like Vivienne Westwood's collection a few years ago. Mind you....Marlon would be handsome in anything!|
|I seriously "désirée" this coat! From Désirée, 1954|
|Joan Collins, The Virgin Queen, 1955|
|My favourite!!!!!!!!!!!! Couldn't believe SHE was there!|
|Look at that rope choker with tassels!!!|
Now there's an idea for my next little bit of adornment! Lana Turner, Green Dolphin Street, 1947
|Little boy blue!|
|Robert Taylor....how handsome was he!|
|So who came first? Balenciaga or Bernadette's Story?|
|Red bolero and grey check dress from Little Women.|
|The saintly Bernadette.|
|Remember Fred dancing on the ceiling, over the walls and all around the room? What a dancer he was!|
|Remember how Ester would always appear in the pool looking glossy and glamorous!|
|Ester...wearing that gold lamé! Seriously fabulous!!!!!!!|
|The incredible Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra et al.|
|And Judy....an unconventional beauty but wasn't she superb! So why was she so sad? |
Me thinks the Hollywood system...maybe???
|Red flared skirt and jacket....so preppy, perty and perfect for Judy.|
|Adrian's fluffy sleeves and hemline...too beautiful.|
Worn by Jeanette Macdonald, San Francisco, 1936.
|As if in a dream!|
|And remember this red velvet coat?|
|Streisand, Funny Girl, 1968|
|A little concoction for Julie Andrews.|
|A wet day in Brisbane....perfect for enjoying a little escapism, courtesy of Hollywood and this fabulous exhibition.|
You're a STAR too Nicholas....thank you so much.
And thank you Brisbane City Hall Museum....beautifully curated.
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