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Producing Gone With The Wind


Wedding dress. Click to enlarge.

The wedding dress worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind.

Film still. Click to enlarge.

Film still of Scarlett in wedding dress

Wedding dress. Click to enlarge.

Back view of wedding dress

Scarlett O'Hara Costumes

The Wedding Dress

Scarlett rushed into marriage with Charles Hamilton before he went to war and, in consequence, she had to wear her mother's wedding dress. To create a more realistic scene, Plunkett fitted the dress on Ellen O'Hara's dress form so that the dress was ill-fitting for the young, shorter Scarlett. The large leg-of-mutton sleeves on the gown were in fashion thirty or so years ago when Ellen was married, but were out of style by the time of Scarlett's wedding. The heavy silk satin skirt and sleeves, appliquéed with tulle and silk leaves and accompanying vines, droops on Scarlett's small frame.


The reception after Charles and Scarlett's marriage. The room is lighted by many candles.

Scarlett, in her mother's wedding dress and veil, stands in the receiving line in front of the mantelpiece between Charles on one side and her mother and father on the other, receiving congratulations from the guests. Charles is in the uniform of his troop.

The impression of a great many guests should be gained from the babble of voices, from silhouetted figures on the wall behind the receiving line - and from the people immediately ahead of and immediately behind Ashley and Melanie, who, as we pick up the scene, are the ones congratulating Scarlett and Charles.

(Some of the men we see are in uniforms of their troops - Ashley, too, in uniform.)

(kissing Scarlett) Scarlett, I thought of you at our wedding yesterday and hoped yours would be as beautiful. And it was.

(like a sleepwalker) Was it?

(nods emphatically) Now we're really and truly sisters.

NEXT: The Blue Peignoir