Look-of-the-Day

Hmm, what’s the perfect gown to feature on the “Fancy Friday” before Valentine’s Day?  This scarlet stunner in Pretty Woman of course!  (Plus, wearing red on Fridays shows your support for the troops!)  Julia Roberts plays a modern-day Cinderella named Vivian Ward who gets wooed by a wealthy businessman (Richard Gere) in this 1990 flick.  Here, her suitor surprises her with a gorgeous red gown, evening gloves and one hell of a diamond necklace!  (Fun Fact: The necklace did actually cost $250,000.  An armed security guard from its jewelry store was constantly standing behind director Garry Marshall while they filmed the scenes it appears in.)  It’s no secret we here at theSkinnyStiletto just love the clothing in this movie.  We were stunned to learn that costume designer Marilyn Vance made all of Vivian’s outfits, including the ruby red gown above, her polka-dotted fantasy, and even the famous hooker dress!  Vance is famous for costuming hit teen flicks, including The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but the Pretty Woman wardrobe is anything but high school!  In this scene, Gere’s character takes Vivian to see La Traviata at the opera, which tells the story of a prostitute who falls in love with a rich man.  (Life imitating art, no?)  It’s hard to believe the elegant Roberts was only 22-years-old when she made this film.  A shocking number of leading ladies turned town the role of Vivian, including Sandra Bullock, Demi Moore, Jennifer Connelly and Sarah Jessica Parker, but it’s hard to imagine the fiery-haired heroine played by anyone but Roberts.

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