Maria’s iconic wedding dress, Sound of Music (1965).
The classic satin A-Line gown, fashioned with sleek long sleeves and a modest V-neckline, was designed by Dorothy Jacobs, a famous costume designer of the time.
The dress will be going to auction Nov 9th and 10th, 2013. It is estimated that it will go from $30,000 and $50,000. (x)
Restored dress as worn by Ellen Terry in her 1888 portayal of Lady Macbeth.
“When Ellen starred alongside Henry Irving in Macbeth in 1888, there was not a wide choice of fabrics available in England, and Alice could not find the colours she wanted to achieve her effects. She wanted one dress to ‘look as much like soft chain armour as I could, and yet have something that would give the appearance of the scales of a serpent.’ (Mrs. J. Comyns Carr’s ‘Reminiscences’. London: Hutchinson, 1926) Mrs. Nettlship found a twist of soft green silk and blue tinsel in Bohemia and this was crocheted to achieve the chain mail effect.
The dress hung beautifully but: ‘we did not think that it was brilliant enough, so it was sewn all over with real green beetle wings, and a narrow border in Celtic designs, worked out in rubies and diamonds, hemmed all the edges. To this was added a cloak of shot velvet in heather tones, upon which great griffens were embroidered in flame-coloured tinsel. The wimple, or veil, was held in place by a circlet of rubies, and two long plaits twisted with gold hung to her knees.’
vintage haute couture
CHRISTIAN DIOR “PALMYRE" COUTURE JEWELED STRAPLESS EVENING GOWN, 1952.
"Platinum silk satin opulently decorated with prong set rhinestones and blue jewels, pearls, silver metallic cord, periwinkle embroiderey and sequins, boned bodice with top band of darts above meandering floral trailing down skirt having side pleats and center back inverted pleat. Bust 35, waist 26, length 51. The Dutchess of Windsor’s short cocktail version of this dress is in the Palais Galliera, Fashion Museum City of Paris. Marlene Dietrich and Mrs. Charles Chaplin also owned versions of this gown."