A Vivien Leigh fitted blouse from "Gone with the Wind"
Lot 1143
A Vivien Leigh fitted blouse from "Gone with the Wind"
Sold for US$ 9,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
A Vivien Leigh fitted blouse from "Gone with the Wind" A Vivien Leigh fitted blouse from "Gone with the Wind" A Vivien Leigh fitted blouse from "Gone with the Wind" A Vivien Leigh fitted blouse from "Gone with the Wind" A Vivien Leigh fitted blouse from "Gone with the Wind"
A Vivien Leigh fitted blouse from "Gone with the Wind"
Selznick International Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1939. A bodice-style jacket/blouse made of tan-colored cotton with a small collar and 14 cloth-covered frontal buttons; two cloth tags with green lettering reading "Selznick Int. Pictures Inc." are sewn inside; both have black fountain pen ink handwritten annotations; the first noting "Scarlett / No. 20-108-302;" the second "Vivien Leigh / No. 108 701." A number of small holes appear throughout, likely purposely distressed for the plotline of film.

Footnotes

  • This blouse being offered is virtually identical to the one Vivien Leigh wears in the long sequence that starts at the hospital where she, as Scarlett O'Hara, volunteers, and ends when Clark Gable, as Rhett Butler, gives her a buggy ride home, just as Aunt Pittypat is escaping Atlanta. Leigh's blouse in that extended sequence has a slightly larger collar and wooden instead of cloth-covered buttons. It is probable that this blouse being offered was indeed made for Leigh (as the two inside labels indicate) but was later changed for a more "worn-looking" piece to fit the scene better. Interestingly, this blouse has a small hole on the lower right-side (which is now repaired) that matches up with a hole seen in the actual blouse worn by Leigh onscreen. This seems to indicate that the blouse was intended for this scene, but was later changed, probably due to the buttons looking too elegant. As was common with many wardrobe items from "Gone with the Wind," producer David O. Selznick had certain pieces switched as he wanted complete accuracy for his epic film.
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