Thursday, September 9, 2010


Here is a period frock coat and vest worn by Marlon Brando in his portrayal of Napoleon Bonaparte in the 1954 Fox film “Desiree”.

Brando who has been referred to as perhaps the worlds greatest performer, is also known for his role as Stanley Kowalski in “A Streetcar Named Desire” and his Academy Award performance as Terry Malloy in “On the Waterfront”.

He is of course also remembered for his role as Vito Corleone in “The Godfather”.

Costumes for the film Desiree were designed by Rene Hubert. The film also starred the wonderful Jean Simmons and Merle Oberon.

A great piece of film history, which fits me too! ☺

Also from Desiree is this beautiful period wool gown of royal blue and purple with long train. Jean Simmons played the title role of Desiree as the love interest of Napoleon. Costumes again designed by Rene Hubert. This was a lavish production for 20th Century Fox studios and no expense was spared in this historical epic.

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