Walter Plunkett made hundreds of sketches for the costumes in "Gone With The Wind." He created more than 5,000 separate items of clothing for 59 major characters and hundreds of extras. Costumes from other period films were rented from Western Costume and had to be fitted. And hundreds of other items from shoes to parasols had to be rented or created for the film.
Selznick insisted on authenticity down to pantaloons and petticoats feeling it would help the actor's characterizations. He went so far as to bring in red dust from a tile kiln to rub on the actor's shoes and clothes to reproduce Georgia's red dirt.
Ransom Center costumes are not on permanent exhibition because of the delicate nature of these items.
The memo below points out a special problem Plunkett and others had to deal with: the monitoring of the proportion of men to women in various scenes and the number of women in mourning. See also Selznick's memo of March 13,1939 to Ray Klune, production manager, regarding costumes and color, and Edward Lambert's Note to Accompany Preliminary Wardrobe Breakdown.
Inter Office Communication
Selznick International Pictures, Inc.
TO: Messrs. Lambert, Plunkett, Richards
SUBJECT: GONE WITH THE WIND
In deciding the proportion of men to women in ordering our extras for the
Thus, for instance, the scene of the news of Gettysburg being received should
Probably, too, such men as there are, particularly any men of fighting age,
Similarly, there should be an increasing percentage of mourning costumes as
I think that Mr. Kurtz should supply to the casting and costume departments,
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