A Shirley MacLaine costume from What a Way to Go!

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Lot 1266
A Shirley MacLaine costume from What a Way to Go!

US$ 2,000 - 3,000
£ 1,500 - 2,300
A Shirley MacLaine costume from What a Way to Go!
Twentieth Century-Fox, 1964. Designed by Edith Head. Royal blue silk nautical-style sleeveless leotard/costume accented with blue and white bugle beads in a striped pattern, bearing an interior black-lettered "20th Century-Fox" label and a Fox cleaning tag; accompanied by a matching pleated short skirt with a vertical striped bugle bead design, with snap closures that attach to the leotard, bearing an interior black-lettered "20th Century-Fox" label and a "Western Costume Co." interior stamp. In one of the most memorable dance numbers in Hollywood history, MacLaine shows off her long legs as she dances with Gene Kelly in the "Hollywood musical" production number from this black comedy. She eventually rips off the skirt to perform a sensual portion of the dance with Kelly and proves throughout the lavish number that she can match him step for step. MacLaine remembered Kelly as "a real taskmaster—at times I'd say, a 'dancing fascist'—but brilliant." Accompanied by a photo of MacLaine wearing the costume and a DVD of the film.
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A Shirley MacLaine costume from What a Way to Go!
A Shirley MacLaine costume from What a Way to Go!
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