L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Adrian's negligées

Norma Shearer in "Riptide", 1934.  The actress had such a great on-screen fondness for pale, barely-there, bias-cut satin gowns - quite
interchangeably evening frocks or negligées - that her coworkers referred to them all as "Norma's nightgowns".
Jean Harlow in straw-beads and marabout for "Dinner at Eight", 1933.  Adrian's most outrageous and most revealing negligées were
appropriately reserved for Harlow.
Greta Garbo in "Mata Hari", 1931.  As the photo reveals, this was a nightgown that really wasn't.  So much - or little - in fact, that this whole
seduction scene was soon cut from the film; we now merely see the un-self-conscious Swede waking the next morning, her un-negligée
discretely hidden by the bedclothes and a spray of orchids from her only recently departed lover.

1 comment:

  1. The Jean Harlow bugle beaded, ostrich frond negligee' is the apex of OTT loungewear. I love it, and all of these, really.