Saturday, 23 March 2013

Green Velvet for the Queen

Gown worn by Norma Shearer as Marie Antoinette in the 1938-edition. Happily, many of the dresses used in this movie are still to be found which means that we can see the dresses in their actual colour. This particular dress is of dark green velvet and the embroideries are sewn with golden thread. There are precious stones sewn into the embroideries as well which makes the dress sparkle.
The sleeves are unusual for the period; it was not in fashion to apply laces all the way up the sleeve - that was normally just for the end of the sleeves.
The gown in colour

NOTE: On the mannequin there is a necklace which is not a part of the movie snap-shot. However, it looks like a replica of a necklace actually owned by Marie Antoinette.

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