Monday, August 23, 2010


Everyone’s favourite Maria and Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews portrayed the life of English theatre and musical star Gertrude Lawrence in the 1968 20th Century Fox film “Star!”

The film has a memorable soundtrack highlighting the days of English vaudeville of which Julie Andrews herself was a part of early in her career.

This World War 1 tan-coloured raw silk military ensemble with a fitted jacket and jodhpur pants was worn by Julie Andrews as she portrayed 'Gertrude Lawrence' in the comedy musical number 'Oh! It's a Lovely War'. Andrews is seen ruining the number for all the other chorus girls. Designer Donald Brooks was nominated for an Academy Award for 'Best Costume Design' for his work in this film.

This is wardrobe costume test from Western Costume Co showing Julie Andrews in costume.

And below is Julie Andrews wearing the costume in the scene from Star!

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Jane Wyman was a wonderful character actress in film.

Best known for her films of the 1930s and 40’s, she received an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in “Johnny Belinda” in 1948. Other film classics include “Magnificent Obsession” and “All that Hevean Allows”.

Here is a beautiful ball gown of pink silk and lace with heavily detailed beading at the bodice designed by the legendary Edith Head. Jane Wyman wore this gown in the 1951 Paramount film “Here Comes the Groom”. Wyman starred opposite Bing Crosby in this musical comedy.

Jane Wyman was also remembered as being the first wife of Ronald Reagan and of course matriarch Angela Channing in the long running soap opera “Falcon Crest”.