by Amy ~ViennasGrace
Get your tissues ready, no not that kind of tissue silly, this isn't a tear jerker. I'm searching sewing patterns modern and vintage to find the looks featured in classic films. Although it might not be possible to duplicate the exact look, I'll show you how to easily mimic the feeling of the style. Soon you'll see that a silver screen wardrobe is only a pattern away.
HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE
Is a 1953 Romantic Comedy about 3 women, who each set out to marry a millionaire. In the end, all marry for love.
Betty Grable as Loco Dempsey;
Marilyn Monroe as Pola Debevoise;
Lauren Bacall as Schatze Page.
Watch the Original Trailer
The film was a fashion extravaganza. 20th Century Fox cast three fabulous, fashionable actresses. Their characters were not only hunting for millionaires, they were playing the roles of fashion models! The costume designer for this movie was the close friend of Marilyn Monroe, William Travilla, under the direction of Charles LeMaire. From time to time Vintage Spadea Patterns designed by LeMaire become available through members of the Pattern Patter Team on Etsy.
Two bombshell outfits received the majority of the media attention after the movie release, an evening gown and a bathing suit, both worn by Marilyn Monroe.
The clothing in this film is 1950s fashion at its best. The style elements that really stand out are, great hats, billowing bishop sleeves, mermaid skirted gowns, hip swags, unique necklines, wing collars, cowl boatnecks, (say that 5x fast) just so many wonderful design features! Here are just a few of the wardrobe highlights from How to Marry a Millionaire.
Betty Grable in a Mermaid Gown
Simplicity 8425 Vogue8190
The Glamorous Trio, Betty and Marilyn showing an accent on the hips.
Smart dressed Marilyn Monroe, in her light gold tone blouse and classic beret.
We should all lounge in such style, great view, and great vintage fashion.
paneenjerez Simplicity 3632
retromonkeys Vogue 3536 omasbricabrac Simplicity 1510
I love Lauren in her bouffant sleeves, what glorious sleeves. Kind of makes you rethink a peter pan collar blouse and a jumper, nothing matronly or school girl here!
Egyptian styling influence shows up throughout the film.
The photo below is from a scene in the movie at Mr. Antione's Fashion House, a private fashion show just for Mr. Brookman, played by Cameron Mitchell.
Most of the ensembles had fun names: Lft to Rt. Double Frozen Daiquiris~Trouble in the Afternoon~Diamonds are a Girl's Best friend~Hard Hearted Hannah~Lookie, Lookie, Lookie~N/A~Good Afternoon Sweetheart~N/A
How can you get all this style into your closet? I told you, pull out your tissues! Pattern tissue that is, go sew it girl! Below is a Pattern Patter Team Treasury inspired by the lovely fashions in
How to Marry a Millionaire.
View this treasury on Etsy