|Claudette Colbert & Walter Connolly star in It Happened One Night (1934).|
From the moment I saw Claudette Colbert emerge on screen wearing her silk wedding dress in It Happened One Night (1934) I knew right then and there that I had found my own dream wedding dress. Look no further Vanessa! You have found IT! *angels rejoice*
Now, keep in mind that that happened a very long time ago and I was quite impressionable (and soppy) at that age. The merest hint of a silk biased-cut gown would make me swoon and spit out my Lucky Charms. But, having said all that, I obviously did have good taste in formal wear because even to this day, I'm still convinced that I wouldn't want to get married in anything else - this gown, designed by studio costumer Robert Kalloch, takes the cake (the wedding cake, that is) and I shall never want another! Granted I'd have to lose about twenty pounds to fit into it properly and look as good as Colbert did in it! And even then I'd need to wear Spanx underneath, ahem.
There has only been one other time that a film costume has completely blown me away and made me wish that I had it hanging in my own closet - Ginger Rogers' "Never Gonna Dance" gown that she wore alongside Fred Astaire in Swing Time (1936). I was in my mid-teens when I first saw that movie and right away, as soon as that gown made it's debut three quarters of the way through the film, I wanted it for my high school prom! I never did get it (obviously) but it was something that I totally fell in love with regardless.
|Ginger Rogers wears THAT dress in Swing Time (1936).|
Has any onscreen costume ever captured your attention and become an object of lust? Tell me about it in the comments section below!