Posts in Category: Collection Spotlight

“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” Costume Change #7

Year of Jane Russell: Day 205

This blue dress is from a scene that was ultimately cut from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but it’s still still rather fabulous. Love the matching collar and cuffs!

  

“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” Costume Change #6

Year of Jane Russell: Day 204

Here’s Jane standing outside of Howard Hawks’ office wearing the gown from the dining room scene. It looks black in the film, though the typed description says it’s made up of blue bugle beads. I never noticed that the brooch and earrings are star shaped. 

“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” Costume Change #3

Year of Jane Russell: Day 203

Jane wears many fabulous Travilla outfits in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but the chocolate brown crepe dress she wears for the cocktail party is probably my favorite. 

“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” Costume Change #5 Part 2

Year of Jane Russell: Day 202

Building off of yesterday’s post, here is the same outfit as yesterday, sans the coat which is ditched for the “Aint’ There Anyone Here for Love?” number. I’m also posting the typed description which makes mention of the fabulous turquoise earrings. 

“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” Costume Change #5 Part 1

Year of Jane Russell: Day 201

Here are two views of costume change #5 from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes which Jane wears on the deck of the ship during a scene with Marilyn. We should all have the opportunity to own a coat like this.

“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” Costume Change #4 Version 3

Year of Jane Russell: Day 200

Here we have the third and final version along with the typed description of Jane’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes costume from the ship departure scene. The hat, shoes, and blouse from the previous version have been replaced, and a different brooch has been pinned to the lower pocket of the jacket.

“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” Costume Change #4 Version 2

Year of Jane Russell: Day 199

Here’s a second costume test of the ship departure scene in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes taken around two weeks after the first. The jacket, skirt, stole, and white gloves from the final film are present, but the whimsical hat and pumps remain and a high-neck blouse and brooch have been added.  

“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” Costume Change #4 Version 1

Year of Jane Russell: Day 198

Here’s a costume test dated 10/31/1952 of an outfit designed by Travilla for the scene when Jane and Marilyn first arrive on the ship. By the time of filming, the costume would be completely changed. 

“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” Costume #2

Year of Jane Russell: Day 197

This photo of Jane’s costume #2 in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a simple brown slip, which she is never shown wearing in the film.  The accompanying paperwork states that the slip is laying on a chair with the shoes on the ground, which is reflected in the final film and shows just how much attention to detail goes into productions. 

 

In the film, Jane grabs the slip off the chair reaches into the slip to pull out the straps. When she does this, the slip does appear to have boning, so even though Jane is not wearing the straps in the photo, I do think it’s the same slip that’s in the film. 

Also visible hanging from Jane’s truck is a brown crepe dress that we’ll see a few scenes later. 

I love how she ends the scene by casually throwing it over her shoulder. 

Let’s Talk About Costumes!

Year of Jane Russell: Day 196

For the next couple of weeks, I’ll be highlighting many of Jane’s costumes from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, designed by William Travillia. I was fortunate enough to obtain many of Jane’s costume test photos and while I don’t have the pic from the “Little Rock” number, I do have this studio sheet describing it.