Monday, August 16, 2010

The Restoration

I don't know if you've seen this article or not, but it's worth a read. Does the dress to the left look familiar? Hint: It's an iconic part of movie history. Yep, it's Scarlett O'Hara's drapery dress. And it's falling apart.

The University of Texas is sponsoring a restoration project on five of Scarlett O'Hara's costumes for the movie, to restore the fading, failed seams, and other evidence of age. Keep in mind - movie costumes aren't made like normal clothing, because it really had to only last for the duration of the filming. My beloved Atonement dress had several copies made, because the fabric was so delicate that it kept ripping. The only solution was to make a bunch of dresses, and just trade off when one got snagged.

I suspect that there was only one of each of Scarlett's dresses created, and it would be a shame to watch these legendary textiles be lost to the years. I have decided to do my part to help, and am having a sale at the Vintage Fashion Library site: use coupon code SCARLETT and receive 15% off till the end of August. $1 of your purchase will be donated to the restoration project, and I'll even match the proceeds. As God as my witness, there may never be a sale like this again!

1 comment:

  1. Guess what! This past weekend I attended the Icon's of Costume exhibit at the James A. Michener Museum in Doylestown, PA. Imagine my surprise when one of the costumes displayed was this dress! At the time I couldn't figure why I was so surprised to see it until I remembered this post. I also remember saying "wow the color isn't as I imagined it" and now looking at this picture it isn't. The one shown by this private collector (John Lebold) was more of a fern green than hunter green. Now I have to check to see if he was claiming to have the real one or a replica (he had a few replicas in his show) But there was the rule that photos (even w/o flash) were not allowed and that made us suspicious. There was also no printed program with details. But I did sneak a few pics and will write about it on my blog after I research this mystery. So, maybe there were more than one dress?