Scarlett’s Costumes Nearly ‘Gone With the Wind’


Sink Sky Blue Crane Persian Red Sink

Photo: Crane bathroom fixtures. Credit: Life magazine, April 29, 1957.


We grew up in a sterile, cookie-cutter home, on a sterile, cookie-cutter street, in a sterile suburb of Chicago, where all the people were white and all the bathrooms were pink. The dads went to work, the moms stayed home and they all got drunk and slept with the neighbors.

So we are slightly puzzled as to why anyone would want to live in the Studebaker Lark of American architecture. Maybe it’s just hipster irony.

But for those who are searching for that perfect Persian red sink (above right) or retro “his and hers bathrooms” with “his and hers toilets” (top) there is Steven Kurutz in the New York Times.

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas is trying to preserve five costumes from “Gone With the Wind” for a 2014 exhibit marking the film’s 75th anniversary. The costumes, part of the David O. Selznick collection, are Vivien Leigh’s wedding dress, nightgown, ball gown, green velvet gown and her green curtain dress, according to the Associated Press.

The L.A. Daily Mirror and L.A. Crime Beat fashioned from Twitter feeds to the most exacting specifications by the bots at

Dealers in Native American artifacts are trying to rebuilt their reputations after federal raids conducted in 2009 in an attempt to crack down on alleged grave robbing. Associated Press via Washington Post.

Amtrak’s “Great Migration” exhibit on African Americans who left the South is so popular that it has been put on tour.  Larissa Roso in the Washington Post. The exhibit isn’t coming to Los Angeles, but you can download it here.

Engineers want to reverse the flow of the Chicago River. Again. Tammy Webber of the Associated Press via the Chicago Tribune.

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9 Responses to Scarlett’s Costumes Nearly ‘Gone With the Wind’

  1. Mary Mallory says:

    When I worked at the Harry Ransom Center in the late 1990s, I was told that the dresses we would send out for display were replicas made by nuns in San Antonio.


  2. Pamela Porter says:

    According to the collection’s site, these dresses *are* replicas (doesn’t say who made them):

    the “poteers” dress
    the blue velvet/fur robe
    the green robe
    the burgundy “harlot” dress
    Scarlett’s (and Ellen’s) wedding dress


  3. Pamela Porter says:

    They *have* the real ones, but as the original article stated, they are just too delicate to be moved/handled outside the preservation attempts.

    A lot of the items in the Debbie Reynolds auction have warnings on the catalogue descriptions that they are exceedingly fragile/have been altered/dry cleaned and aren’t meant to be used as dress-up or exposed to everyday elements.


  4. Mary Mallory says:

    I meant to say I worked at the HRC in the late 1980s, I wish it was the 1990s.

    Many of the Debbie Reynolds’ costumes were faded, stained, missing elements (buttons, sequins), etc., and some looked like they had been worn in dressup.


  5. Jason T Sparks says:

    Meanwhile, at the offices of the San Antonio Archdiocese: “Sir, the convent just put in yet another purchase order for curtains…”


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