When you first see Hedy Lamarr’s face in this promotional still from the film, Ziegfeld Girl, you can’t help but gasp a little.
Her beauty stuns you right in the eyeballs. If you look up “Classic Beauty” in the dictionary, I’m positive you will see this picture right next to the definition. When we first came upon this image, we didn’t really know its origin. After a little detective work (aka extensive Googling), we found out it was a still from Ziegfeld Girl, a film about old Broadway glamour and the women who were desperate to be part of that world.
These amazing costumes were designed by Adrian Adolph Greenberg. He was responsible for designing famous costumes for The Wizard of Oz and other Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films of the 1930s and 1940s. As a designer during the Depression forced him to be inventive while working with fabric rationing: Adrian amplified simple silhouettes with dramatic, bold prints, treating them like canvases. The effect was frequently playful—a simply cut dress in a colorful fish print, for instance—and occasionally surrealist. I mean look at the headpiece and gown Hedy Lamarr is wearing! It’s like something out of a surreal dream!
Inspired by the dreamy and over-the-top costumes, we couldn’t get the idea of “starry nightgowns” out of our heads.
For this shoot, I wanted to pair gauzy, pastel nightgowns with rich printed silks. The outfits had to look ethereal as if the models were touching down from the heavens. For the set, Nora dreamt up this insane world of stars and checkerboard floors that upon completion, would make you weep. The result of this shoot was nothing short of breathtaking…
Photography: Nora Drew @sadtween
Styling: Leslie Castromayor @neverheardofstyle
Make-Up Artist: Robin Martini @martinimakeup
Corlyn Chevalier @styleoyster
Ellissa Jane @ellissajane
Frances Klick @frances_klick
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