Judy Garland’s Dorothy Dress and Other Classic Movie Costumes

In the news today it was announced that Judy Garland’s iconic blue and white gingham dress from the Wizard of Oz would be going up for auction.  How amazing would it be to own a piece of Hollywood history like that? 

That article got me thinking about my other favorite classic movie costumes.  It’s tough to narrow down but here are some of the ensembles I admire the most (in no particular order).

Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina

Working on the costumes for Sabrina started a professional and personal relationship that would span decades and countless films between Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy.  When Audrey’s character Sabrina Fairchild comes home from Paris she brings with her this stunning gown that she then wears to the Larrabee’s party giving her the chance to live out a lifelong dream. 

Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy, 1954

Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas

I absolutely adore the dress Rosemary Clooney wears in the Minstrel scene of 1954s White Christmas.  It’s a black sequin trumpet style gown with a red tulle train.  It looks amazing as she sings and dances with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.

Katherine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story

Statuesque and classically beautiful Katharine Hepburn plays socialite Tracy Lord with a cool and charming grace in this distinguished 1930s gown.

Katharine Hepburn in a full-length Adrian gown in “The Philadelphia Story,” 1940

Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind

Scarlett O’Hara was an extremely stylish southern belle but to me the most memorable outfit was the slinky and scandalous red dress she wears to Ashley Wilkes birthday party.

Ginger Rogers in Top Hat

This iconic feather dress from the 1935 film Top Hat looked stunning as Fred and Ginger twirled around the dance floor.

Ginger Rodger in “Top Hat”, 1935

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face
The entire fashion shoot featuring gowns by Givenchy is amazing but these two outfits top my list.  For years the finale wedding dress, that Audrey dances in with Frank Sinatra, was what I wanted to wear to my wedding.

Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy in Funny Face, 1957

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