Sunday, February 8, 2015

Marie Antoinette (1938) Costumes: Marie Antoinette's Arrival Gown

The "arrival gown" is the gown worn by Marie Antoinette when she first arrives at Versailles. The dress is directly inspired by a portrait of a young Marie Antoinette created shortly after she became the dauphine of France. Like the other 'early' gowns worn by Marie Antoinette in the film, the dress is very youthful and innocent.

According to the notes on the concept design for the dress, the "arrival gown" is pink organdy with blue ribbons and flower embellishments.

The dress may have been re-used in the ensemble scenes from Two Sisters From Boston, Scaramouche, Ice Follies of 1939, The Fighting Guardsman and Du Barry Was a Lady. However, no clear shots of the dress exist in these films.

Its current location and condition are unknown.

Concept and Inspiration:

 Costume design by Gilbert Adrian.
[credit: A.M.P.A.S image reproduced with permission: From the Leonard Stanley collection, Margaret Herrick Library]

A portrait of Marie Antoinette as a young dauphine.
[credit: Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie]

Portrait detail.
[credit: Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie]


 Vintage colorized lobby card.

 Colorized still by BooBooGBs.
[credit: BooBooGBs]

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