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Producing Gone With The Wind

COSTUMES

Burgundy ball gown. Click to enlarge.

The conserved burgundy ball gown worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind.

Movie still. Click to enlarge.

Movie still of Scarlett in ball gown.

Movie still. Click to enlarge.

Makeup continuity photo of Vivien Leigh.

Burgundy ball gown. Click to enlarge.

Back view of ball gown.

Scarlett O'Hara Costumes

The Ball Gown

In the scene preceding this one, India Wilkes walked in on Scarlett and Ashley hugging at the lumber mill. She is shocked by their inappropriate behavior and storms out. It doesn't take long for word to get back to Rhett and presumably Melanie, also. Out of embarrassment, Scarlett tries to avoid Ashley's birthday celebration that evening.

In this scene, Rhett won't allow it and chooses an ornate, provocative dress for Scarlett to wear to Melanie's house for the celebration. This sleeveless, silk velvet gown is embellished with glass teardrop beads and round, red faceted beads at the neckline and a profusion of ostrich feathers around the shoulders. Rhett's choice of an ostentatious gown in an immodest burgundy-red color is intended to humiliate Scarlett.


Scarlett
I won't go, Rhett! I can't - until this - this misunderstanding is cleared up.

Rhett
You're not going to cheat Miss Melly out of the satisfaction of publicly ordering you out of her house!

Scarlett
Rhett, there was nothing wrong! India hates me so! I can't go Rhett. I couldn't face it!

Rhett
If you don't show your face tonight you'll never be able to show it in this town as long as you live ... And while that wouldn't bother me, you're not going to ruin Bonnie's chances! ... You're going to that party if only for her sake.

Rhett takes a step toward the clothes closet.

601 CLOSE SHOT - SCARLETT

Reluctantly she gets up and trembling, starts to take off her wrapper.

601 CLOSE SHOT - RHETT AT CLOSET

-searching through the dresses. Rhett takes one of the gowns from the closet.

601 CLOSE SHOT - SCARLETT

Rhett
Wear that!
(throws it at her)
Nothing modest or matronly will do for this occasion.


NEXT: The Wedding Dress