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Finalist of the EvaDress Patterns 'Hollywood is Calling' Challenge!

Alexandra Reynolds 1930s 1940s 1950's Vogue 1950s costume EvaDress Pattern Challenge! EvaDress Patterns evening evening gown gown Threads Magazine

Congratulations to Heide for her entry as the finalist in the EvaDress 'Hollywood is Calling' Pattern Challenge!
Her pink tulle dress is an amazing piece she created inspired by Doris Day in the 1953 production of 'Lullaby of Broadway'!
As her sister posted on her behalf: 'Heide used the E50-9509 1953 Evening Gown Pattern. Three colors of tulle and handmade flowers. Heide took vintage couture inspiration and added a boned corselette.'
Heide hit the challenge nail on the head AND out of the ball park with her couture techniques such as her boned corselette with waist line ribbon stay and in making her hand made flowers to embellish the dress.

1953 Evening Gown by Heide!1953 Evening Gown

Doris Day in the 1953 production of 'Lullaby of Broadway'

Brian Centrone was the guest-juror. In his article ‘Starstruck Sewing’ for Threads Magazine (issue #208, April/May 2020), Brian explored how commercial pattern makers marketed designs inspired by the attire stars wore and line-for-line copies of clothing designs right from the silver screen during the Great Depression.

Brian's case study 'Hollywood and the Home Sewer' was featured as one of a few carefully-selected exhibits in New York University Steinhardt Costume Studies "Gray Area: Authenticity, Value, and Subversion in Fashion" which was on display at 80WSE Gallery in New York in early 2019.

Here are a couple more FABULOUS entries for this challenge. Charlie in did a fab rendition of Veronica Lake's gown, as worn in the 1942 film, 'This Gun for Hire':

Gown from pattern D30-9906 by Charlie!Veronica Lake in This Gun for Hire

and Emily in the UK crafted this amazing gown inspired by Deborah Kerr in the 1957 film, 'Affair to Remember'! She also used pattern E50-9509, the 1953 Evening Gown to create the bodice, while using pattern E50-9508 for the skirt:

 Deborah Kerr in 'An Affair to Remember'Emily in a gown from pattern E50-9509!



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