This outfit was inspired by a dress worn in a movie some of you may know "Gone With the Wind". Some of the most beautiful costumes ever seen in a movie were designed by Walter Plunkett. The following is from a note to Plunkett from David O. Selznick:

Dear Walter,

I should like at this time to congratulate and thank
you once again for your brilliant costuming job on
"Gone With The Wind." I think it is possibly the
most effective job of its kind that has ever been
done in pictures

Cordially yours,


In 1939, there was no costume design category at the Academy Awards. Selznick himself said that if there were, Plunkett would have won it for "Gone With The Wind."

Walter Plunkett would be nominated for the Academy Award ten times. In 1951, he was finally recognized by the Academy for "An American in Paris." He shared the award with Orry-Kelly and Irene Sharaff.

Shortly before his death, Walter Plunkett personally refurbished the original dresses in the David O. Selznick Archive. These dresses, however, were made to last for as long as it would take to shoot the film and are still extremely fragile.
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