Thursday, November 21, 2013
Mitzi Gaynor does it all, dance, act and sing. A much loved performer, even now she continues to be a popular favourite.
This is a costume that Mitzi Gaynor wore in her role as “Lotta Crabtree” in the 20th Century Fox film “Golden Girl” in 1951.
This amazing dance costume was designed by Charles Le Maire.
This was Mitzi’s fourth film and she was only 20 years old.
The gown is an Ivory chiffon dance dress accented with fuchsia and cobalt blue layers on sleeves and underskirt, adorned with gold braided rope and buttons along neckline.
It comes with the matching ivory rayon cotton briefs accented with layers. Ivory rayon gloves trimmed in chiffon with gold braid and button accent.
Both pieces have handwritten label “1-25-1-4101 MITZI GAYNOR A638-55”. Briefs have additional Mabs Hollywood label 80 M.
The gloves have handwritten label “FOX A638-55”.
The most amazing part is the underskirt with the layers and layers of fuchsia and cobalt blue you can see more clearly in these photos.
The gown was worn by Mitzi Gaynor as “Lotta Crabtree” during the “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” number in Golden Girl.
Here is the gown in action.
Golden Girl tells the story of Lotta Crabtree who after seeing Lola Montez in a show, wants to become a singer and performer. Not surprisingly her parents don’t approve. There is a love interest along the way as well played by Dale Robertson.
This is just a wonderful costume from the golden years of the Fox Musicals.
Please check out my other Gaynor costume from “Les Girls”!