Costumes hold a very important role in movies, especially those made in Hollywood’s Golden Era. Whether it’s Bette Davis’ stunning (and sinful) red gown in Jezebel (1938), or Vivien Leigh’s outstanding Southern number in Gone With The Wind (1939), these costumes have stayed in people’s minds longer than expected.
As one of Hollywood’s legends, Joan also had her share of awesome and memorable costumes. She’s even credited for the invention (and fame) of the shoulder pads in the 40s.
Here’s a quick tour:
(As Bobby the showgirl in Pretty Ladies (1925), her first credited role)
(Nanon’s circus getup in The Unknown (1927))
(Dangerous Diana’s cute dress in Our Dancing Daughters (1928))
(Flaemmchen’s stenographer outfit in Grand Hotel (1932), also starring the Barrymore brothers (John and Lionel), Greta Garbo and Wallace Beery)
(Sadie Thompson in Rain (1932))
(This is probably her most famous costume. Ladies and gentlemen, the unforgettable gown with puffy shoulders in Letty Lynton (1932))
(Another well-known gown from Letty Lynton (1932))
(Elegant gown in Sadie McKee (1934)
(Her gown in The Bride Wore Red (1937), which still exists today. Hurrah!)
(As Crystal Allen in The Women (1939), also starring Norma Shearer and Rosalind Russell)
(Of course… Mildred’s “padded” fur coat in Mildred Pierce (1945))
(As Jenny Stewart in Torch Song (1953))
(Jenny’s blackface number in Torch Song (1953))
(Vienna’s cowgirl outfit in Johnny Guitar (1954))
(Eva’s stunning black gown in Queen Bee (1955))
(Lastly, Lucy Harbin’s floral ensemble in Strait Jacket (1964))
Cheers to you and your amazing costumes, Joan! ❤
Happy blogging (and fangirling!)
(Photos from Joan Crawford Best)
Agghhh.. Fangirling is right! Some of those dresses were incredible! I sometimes wish we had more opportunities to wear luscious dresses in everyday life. But alas, not without attracting attention!
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I couldn’t agree more, AJ! 🙂 And the dresses back then were elegant and sophisticated. They had real class ❤ Thanks for visiting! Happy A-Zing too!
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So many beautiful costumes and photos. I particularly like the first one, the two from Letty Lynton, and I liked the ones in Our Dancing Daughters. I watched that film as research for my novel… and I really enjoyed it 🙂
Thank you! I love the Letty Lynton dresses too— especially the white, figure-hugging one she wears near the revolving door. 🙂 And ODD is one of my super favorite Joanie movies!