Director of Popular Culture
Classic Hollywood / AN IMPORTANT VIVIEN LEIGH GOWN FROM THE HONEYMOON SCENE IN GONE WITH THE WIND
US$100,000 - US$150,000
Butterfield & Butterfield, 'Entertainment Memorabilia', September 8, 1996, lot 1336.
The Collection of Dr. Christopher Sullivan.
Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design, The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, exhibition prepared by Diana Vreeland, November 1974-September 1975.
Designer Walter Plunkett's seemingly infinite imagination reached its zenith in the costumes required for the hundreds of clothing changes in Gone with the Wind; however, the costumes designed for Vivien Leigh are particularly spectacular. The colors, textures, accessories, patterns, accents, and details are a feast for the eye and a marvel of construction. The bengaline 'honeymoon' gown was worn by Leigh in the scene where she has returned to their New Orleans hotel after a decadent shopping trip. Rhett suggests buying a red petticoat for Mammy, the one person whose respect he desires, but Scarlett refuses, saying that Mammy had called Scarlett and Rhett 'mules in horse harness' who couldn't fool anyone with their riches. The scene is unique in that it takes place in front of a mirror and shows both the front and back of the gown. Only one version of this dress was ever made. The whereabouts of the original 1939 hat and veil were unknown for years until they appeared at auction in 2012.