don’t          you          forget
                                                  what          i’ve            been
                                                  –t    h    r    o    u    g    h–
                                                  and      y e t,      i'm        still
                                                  s    t    a    n    d    i    n    g

Things Musicals Taught Me
  • The Sound of Music:You can't solve a problem like Maria
  • Phantom of the Opera:Kidnapping, murdering, and setting an opera house on fire is a valid way to get your crush to almost marry you.
  • Book of Mormon:Tomorrow is a Ladder Day
  • Newsies:Now is the time to seize the day
  • West Side Story:A boy like Tony would kill Maria's brother (and he did).
  • Little Shop of Horrors:The meek shall inherit (and then get eaten by the plant they helped make big and strong. How rude.)
  • Evita:She'd be surprisingly good for you.
  • Matilda:Sometimes you've got to be a little bit naughty.
  • Wicked:No one mourns the wicked, even though she's the only one defying gravity.
  • Heathers:You can write some pretty good songs about high schoolers murdering each other...
Male & Female (traditionally) Musical Theatre Duets

As Long As You’re Mine (Wicked)

Sue Me (Guys And Dolls)

It Takes Two (Into The Woods)

There Once Was A Man (The Pajama Game)

Tonight (West Side Story)

Country House (Follies)

Tango: Maureen (Rent)

I’m The Bravest Individual (Sweet Charity)

All I Ask Of You (Phantom)

For The First Time (Tarzan)

You’re The Top (Anything Goes)

Unworthy Of Your Love (Assassins)

Rosie (Bye Bye Birdie)

Do You Love Me (Fiddler On The Roof)

Anything You Can Do (Annie Get Your Gun)

Take It Like A Man (Legally Blonde)

Waltz For Eva And Che (Evita)

What Do The Simple Folk Do (Camelot)

Love And The Weather (White Christmas)

Come Up To My Place (On The Town)

I’ll Never Fall In Love Again (Promises Promises)

I Don’t Need Anything But You (Annie)

A Little Priest (Sweeney Todd)

You’ll Never Get Away From Me (Gypsy)

Barcelona (Company)

Something Good (Sound Of Music)

Sixteen Going On Seventeen (Sound Of Music)

You’ll Never Get Away From Me (Gypsy)

Suddenly Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors)

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Recycling gowns is hardly new. It has been in practice in film and television since their invention, and has been common practice in theatre productions for hundreds of years.  In addition, it is also sometimes seen in paintings. Many artists have been known to reuse clothing that they painted. For example a yellow house coat trimmed in ermine appears in several paintings by Vermeer. Sometimes the artist owned the actual garment they painted (almost certainly in Vermeer’s case), while other times it may have been an example from a woman’s magazine that they copied over and over again.

This beautiful striped Victorian gown is especially interesting, because it is actually based on a gown from works of art by French artist James Tissot. The reproduction gown itself has been seen in at least four films. It was first worn on Rya Kihlstedt as Lizzy Elmsworth in the 1995 production of The Buccaneers.  It was seen again Maite Yerro as Juliet on a movie screen in the 1996 film Evita. In 2000 it was worn by Neve McIntosh as Lucy, Lady Audley in Lady Audley’s Secret, and lastly it was worn on Isobel Pravda as Camille Monet in the 2006 mini-series The Impressionists.

The original gown on which the costume was based was not only painted by James Tissot - it was painted by him numerous times.Tissot was an artist who was mostly known for his paintings of women dressed in their elaborate gowns, and while it is not known if Tissot owned some of the gowns he repeatedly painted or not, the fact that his parents were both in the Fashion Industry might lead one to believe that his owning them would not have been out of the realm of possibility. In Professor Lou Taylor’s book The Study of Dress History, he writes:

Tissot reused favorite garments over periods of two or three years. Thus the notion that his 1870s paintings reflected the most up-to-date fashions may be flawed.

Five paintings in which Tissot painted this black and white gown include: The Captain and the Mate (c.1873), The Return from the Boating Trip (c.1873), Boarding the Yacht (c.1873), Still on Top (c.1874) and  Holiday (c.1876).

To see a full gallery of Tissot’s paintings and the beautiful gowns they showcase, go here.

Costume Credit: Katie S., Kiteflier, Shrewsbury Lasses

E-mail Submissions: submissions@recycledmoviecostumes.com

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Evita
  • Requiem:Rip reblog if u care
  • Oh What Circus:ur fave is problematic
  • On this Night of a Thousand Stars:suck my dick.
  • Eva And Che:I sucked dick. Drive me places
  • Eva Beware of the City:check ur self b4 u shrek ur self
  • Buenos Aires:Walk-in to da club like...
  • Good Night and Thank You:TFW no gf
  • Art of the Possible:surprise bitch
  • Charity Concert:reblog to save a life
  • I'd be Surprisingly Good for you:dick sucking the sequel
  • Another Suitcase in Another Hall:TFW no bf
  • Peron's Latest Flame:ugh Fake fan girls
  • A New Argentina:yes we can
  • Don't Cry for Me Argentina:Behold. The show's only legacy besides Madonna and Lupone
  • High Flying Adored:uptown girl, she been living in an uptown world
  • Rainbow High:ima gonna pop some tags
  • Rainbow Tour:wow u suck at your job
  • The Actress Hasn't Learned the Lines:#Argentinelivesmatter
  • And the Money Kept Rolling in:make it rain
  • Santa Evita:Brain washing
  • Waltz for Eva and Che:first of all, how dare you
  • She is a Diamond:lay off my girlfriend
  • Dice are Rolling :Darth Vader noooo
  • Eva's Last Broadcast:Rose Tyler I...
  • Montage:It's like a chaotic horrific "one day more"
  • Lament:and this happened to her body, I hope you didn't plan on sleeping
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TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 1979, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice are the princes of Broadway as their new musical, Evita, opens at the Broadway Theatre. This very successful production will continue to run for 1,567 performances. Patti LuPone stars as Eva Peron, with Mandy Patinkin as Che Guevara, the quasi-narrator of the musical. Clive Barnes of the New York Post reports that “Evita is a stunning, exhilarating theatrical experience, especially if you don’t think about it too much.”

For more on the original Broadway production of Evita, including a look inside a Playbill from the show, visit PlaybillVault.com.