1950s gown


Brigitte Bardot

1. Presenting the Cosi Fan Tutte gown from the Christian Dior 1950, a silk tulle gown embroidered with sequins. Fall-Winter Haute Couture collection, Oblique line

2. Wearing Concerto 96 by Christian Dior, a dark red silk satin evening gown printed with red roses, for a reception held by the newspaper Munchner Illustrierte where she was the guest of honour, February 7, 1957

Cream crinoline gown with blue embroidery, by Norman Hartnell. 

Worn by Queen Elizabeth II during the Tour of Canada and the United States of America, October 1957. The Royal Collection © 2008, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

Black-and-white photo “Queen Elizabeth in Williamsburg, dated October 16, 1957: Queen Elizabeth attends dinner at the historical old Williamsburg Inn, USA /original photo (via romanbenedikhanson on Flickr).

So let me see if I’ve got this right.  The 1950 Cinderella gown looked like this:

And the 2015 live action adaptation altered the style of the neckline, put butterflies all over it, removed the floofy things (I am not a design major, I have no idea what they’re called) from her skirt, changed the color from very pale whitish-blue to very deep blue with an iridescent purple/blue/silver skirt, and put her hair down, and that’s all fine.

But the dress Emma Watson designed for Beauty and the Beast took this:

And made it into this:

And this is beyond the pale because why exactly?

Last I checked, everyone was hating this movie for being “just the cartoon all over, but with live actors” and loving Emma Watson for speaking her mind about what she believes in.  But suddenly change is bad if it’s something you personally enjoyed and also Emma Watson’s an idiot who ought to shut up and stop stealing the job of costume designers.


In 1959 Mark Shaw photographed the Vicomtesse Jacquline de Ribes wearing her latest Dior gown in the Paris living room of her father-in-law’s house. The ankle length satin gown is shown with a matching stole. A variation of this image appeared in the March 2, 1959 Life article; “Gala Evening Garb for Elegant Continentals.”