Sunday, February 13, 2011


I was recently lucky enough to find this wonderful period costume as worn by Lana Turner in the MGM film “Diane” (1956). This second Lana Turner costume I am thrilled to have from this MGM film was designed by Walter Plunkett.

From the Bill Madigan Collection.

Lana Turner portrayed Diane de Poitiers, the Countess de Breze opposite a very young Roger Moore.

The costume is a two-piece period gown of metallic fabric with long train and with heavy lace trim to the arms. The gown also features an ornate design to the bodice and arms.

Lana Turner wears this gown in a scene where she is teaching Roger Moore how to dance. You can see Ms Turner wearing the costume in this clip and it comes in at 4:22:

Below is a copy of the original costume sketch for this piece and reads “Lana Turner Change #11 Teaching the prince how to dance”.

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