A Vivien Leigh negligée from Gone With the Wind
Selznick International Pictures, 1939. Ankle-length pale blue accordion-pleated silk negligée with angel sleeves, hook-and-eye closure at the bodice with blue satin ribbon detail. Bearing a Selznick Int. Pictures Inc. label inscribed in black ink, "Name Scarlett / No. 108- W.W. 381."
Provenance: Gifted to a seamstress who worked on the film on the occasion of her wedding in 1940; sold by the seamstress to the Shaw-Tumblin Collection in the 1980s.
Vivien Leigh wears this negligée under a blue velvet wrapper trimmed in fox fur during the scene in which Bonnie Blue dies. Scarlett is sitting on the terrace recovering from her recent miscarriage and speaking to Rhett about the state of their marriage when Bonnie arrives, eager to show them her new horseback riding skills. In one of the most poignant scenes in the film, Bonnie hits the first hurdle and falls off the horse.