27 July 2010

HBO Film Grey Gardens: The Fashions

Documentary Grey Gardens (1976)
HBO Film Grey Gardens (2009)

HBO Film Grey Gardens portrays the life of "Big Edie" and "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale, relatives of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. The movie uses filmmakers Albert and David Maysles 1976 documentary, "Grey Gardens" as the framework for the film.

Although I loved the movie, what drew my attention most were the fashions worn by Little Edie played by Drew Barrymore.

Photo: The Daily Beast
Let's get down to business - the Champagne silk charmeuse hooded gown worn by Drew Barrymore in the film - loved it. My jaw dropped (seriously) when I saw that magnificent piece of art. The gown is a replica of the one made for Little Edie - she wore this piece to the 1930's Bohemian party at Grey Gardens.

Little Edie's outfit in the above image is from the scene when the family first arrived at Grey Gardens.

Little Edie 1970s - she may have been in her 60s when she wore this piece.

Photo: The Daily Beast
The above sketch represents the 1930's Midnight blue bias gown made for Big Edie. This gown was also worn to Little Edie's Debutante ball - tried to find an image of Big Edie wearing the gown -- no luck.

Want to see more? Check out The Daily Beast - the website showcases a short gallery of the styles worn in the film.

The person behind all of this magnificence? None other than costume designer Cat Thomas -- the talent behind Uma Thurman’s neon yellow fight suit in Kill Bill, Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin’s folksy frocks in A Prairie Home Companion, and Katherine Heigl’s endless slew of bridesmaid gowns in 27 Dresses.

Long Live Beauty, Long Live Magnificence, and Long Live Individual Style.