“Are you a good witch or a bad witch?” Glinda asks Dorothy, upon her arrival in the wonderful world of Oz. Who else would we feature on “Pink Wednesday” than the most famous good witch of all? Billie Burke played the witch of the north in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, and dons an enormous soft pink, sparkling ballgown, with poofed sleeves and a matching crown and scepter. The film’s costume designer was the legendary Adrian. When Dorothy is surprised at how lovely Glinda is, she responds, “Only bad witches are ugly.” In The Wizard of OZ FAQ, by David J. Hogan, our editors were shocked to learn Glinda’s gown was featured previously in the movie, San Francisco (1936) on Jeanette MacDonald. Hogan also mentioned that Billie Burke once joked of her costume, “I look like a refugee from German opera.” Burke wasn’t far off, but it’s a cinematic look that has gone down in history. Good thing no one dropped a house on this dress!
“Bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I…” This editor is only bothered and bewildered by how little information there is out there on the fashion of the classic TV show Bewitched! This editor absolutely LOVED this show, but since my parents didn’t have cable, I would have to wait and watch it at friends’ houses (hoping and praying I would get to sleep over and catch it on “Nick at Night!”) It centered on a lovely housewife named Samantha Stephens, played by the gorgeous Elizabeth Montgomery, who was hiding a little secret – she was a witch! Inspired by the films I Married a Witch and Bell, Book and Candle, it tells the tale of your everyday, stunning blonde who’s hiding her witchcraft from the man she loves! There’s also a cooky, older relative who keeps interfering with their lives! (Guess struggling to find new material isn’t a recent problem in Hollywood… 😉 ) The show premiered in 1964, and Samantha’s costumes are heavily influenced by former First Lady, Jackie Kennedy, whose husband President John F. Kennedy had been murdered only months before the first episode aired. As pictured in the photos above, Samantha dons a soft pink Chanel suit, a classic black shift with a string of pearls, and a beautiful A-line coat. (Honestly, Samantha sported enough pink dresses, we were rethinking featuring Glinda on “Pink Wednesday!”) She dons polka dots, pretty florals, big bows, and some absolutely stunning dresses (pictured, above). Samantha Stephens is also never without her cat eyeliner and lovely locks perfectly coiffed. The crazy relative in this story is Samantha’s mother, Endora, who was played by the award-winning actress Agnes Moorehead. Subtly is NOT her style! She loves messing with her son-in-law, Darrin, and appearing whenever she feels like it. If you couldn’t guess, this bleeds into her wardrobe, as well. Endora is rarely seen without heavy blue eyeshadow, exaggerated wingtip eyeliner and extremely bright colors. She loves high collars and capes and bold accessories (pictured, above). Bewitched was outfitted by costume designers Vi Alford and Byron Munson. In the book Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery, by Herbie J. Pilato, Munson was quoted as saying Elizabeth Montgomery had “horrible taste in clothes.” That certainly isn’t the same for her television counterpart! Although, it makes us wonder how true this 1968 article is featured on Harpies Bizarre (or how honest Munson was being…) The article, originally posted in Leader-Times, makes several references to how Elizabeth Montgomery wore many of her own clothes on the show, and how she worked together with costumer Vi Alford. Montgomery stated, “A girl like Samantha can’t afford a new dress every time she goes out… I’m not saying that I can’t afford it. But when I found a gown or frock that I like, I feel I should wear it as often as I want.” The actress actually had her own clothing line come out during the series, so who knows if this was just fluff trying to promote her new line, or if it was the truth. The one item we know for sure is Elizabeth’s is the necklace Samantha wears in nearly every scene of the series. Montgomery’s husband and Bewitched director, William Asher, gifted her the white gold, diamond heart pavé necklace the year before the show, and it ended up becoming a trademark of Samantha’s. It’s simple and classy, just like Mrs. Stephens’ style. As the show gets deeper into the 1960s, and into the 1970s, the fashion starts to get really trippy (pictured, above)! The prints get wilder, more colorful and definitely bolder. We prefer the early ’60s version of Samantha’s clothes, but we did love the addition of her baby witch, Tabitha! We wish was could wiggle our nose to look this cute in everyday life!
This Sunday, the 86th Academy Awards will take place, and leading up to the ceremony we’re featuring some of our favorite looks from Oscar-nominated films. Here is Jessica Chastain in her first nominated role as Celia Foote in 2011’s The Help. The beautiful redhead plays an almost unrecognizable curvacious southern blonde, who isn’t as ditzy as she seems, and is one of the most interesting characters in the film. Here, Celia and her husband attend a local black-tie event, but everyone else’s husbands’ eyes are on her in this gorgeous hot pink gown that accentuates her hourglass figure. Since Celia’s originally from a different social class (and she nabbed the town queen’s first love), her conservative neighbors of 1960s Jackson look on green with envy when she enters the room.
Happy New Year! Our editors’ mother came up with the perfect pink dress for New Year’s Day that falls on a “Pink Wednesday” – Kaley Cuoco’s petal pink wedding gown from last night! The Big Bang Theory star wed boyfriend Ryan Sweeting in a New Year’s Eve party/wedding on December 31st. The Vera Wang creation made her a blushing bride in more ways than one. The strapless tulle ballgown had a sweetheart neckline, with hand appliqué Chantilly lace accents. Cuoco also wore a veil by Wang, which was nude tulle, also with petal-pink floating hand appliqué Chantilly lace. The bridesmaids wore various styled black dresses, making a beautiful & unique looking wedding party. Happy New Year to you all & congrats to the happy couple!! <3
Merry Christmas! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and it also happens to be “Pink Wednesday!” We’ve found it hard in the past to come up with pink outfits for the holiday season, but while our mom was watching White Christmas earlier this month, we realized there was a perfect rose-colored dress for December 25th! Vera Ellen dances with Danny Kaye in the 1954 film in a stunning pale pink chiffon frock. The dress has sequined details, really cute matching shoes, but the full skirt is just perfect for dance number she performs, which reminded us of Liesl’s famous dress in The Sound of Music. It’s no surprise here, the lovely outfit was created by famous 20th century costume designer, Edith Head. Another blogger whose site is called Ip & Audrey put it perfectly when she said Ellen looks “like a cream-puffed sugar plum fairy!” Here’s hoping you have a wonderful Christmas! <3
Last year during Oscar Week, we showed famous outfits from different Oscar-nominated and winning films. This year, we noticed that too many of the looks we wanted to feature were really entitled to entire articles, rather than just a short nod on Look-of-the-Day, like Diane Keaton’s menswear from Annie Hall, Faye Dunaway’s notorious 1960s style from Bonnie & Clyde, Elizabeth Taylor as the Nile goddess in Cleopatra, the classic early 20th century girls of The Aviator, and Cate Blanchett’s regal turn in Elizabeth. So this year, we’re showing some of our favorite looks from some of the ladies nominated this year. Here is Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain in a bright pink 3/4-sleeved crepe dress by Elie Saab at the 5th Annual Women in Film Pre-Oscar Party last year.
For this “Pink Wednesday” during our wedding week leading up to Valentine’s Day, we’ve selected Beth (Jennifer Aniston) from He’s Just Not That Into You. In the film, Beth is a bridesmaid in her younger sister’s wedding, after ending a seven-year relationship. Not exactly the best moment to feel like going to a wedding, but she powers through it. This look was originally on our Best Bridesmaid Dresses List, and our mother was baffled by our selection of a coral mini-dress tied with a bow on the backside… When this editor re-watched the film, it seems the girls aren’t satisfied with the choice their sister made either, so we bounced it from our Top 10 List. But let’s be serious – it’s Jennifer Aniston. You could put her in a burlap sack, and she’ll probably look hot!
For this “Pink Wednesday,” we’re featuring the most iconic pink dress in history: Marilyn Monroe’s shocking pink gown in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Marilyn plays a gold-digging dancer named Lorelei Lee, who’s real profession should be husband-hunting in this 1953 romantic comedy. Designed by William Travilla, Monroe sported this strapless frock while performing her famous number, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” (We guess she never had a dog?) It’s accessorized nicely with matching opera-length gloves, a platinum blonde bob, and oodles of glittering diamonds! Fun Fact: If this isn’t the most famous pink dress of all-time, it’s certainly the most expensive. The gown was put up for auction in 2010, and was bought for a staggering $310,000!
First Lady Michelle Obama sported a lovely pink dress last night at the 2012 Democratic National Convention – a perfect political choice for “Pink Wednesday!” The floral brocade dress was created by designer Tracy Reese. She accessorized her look with diamond earrings by Kimberly McDonald, and J. Crew pumps! Michelle’s speech was classy, sophisticated, honest and all-American – just like her speech!
Two Brits can definitely make a right! England’s own gorgeous Cheryl Cole donned an equally beautiful Victoria Beckham creation to the Pride of Britain Awards last year from the designer’s Spring 2011 collection. Even though the frenemies are said to run hot and cold, they certainly make one stunning pair when they want to! Cole kept the whole look completely classic, and very Victoria, by keeping the focus on the craft and silhouette of the dress and accessorizing simply with statement diamond earrings, and a beautiful black and ivory clutch. Cole also knew how to complement the look with her hair done in 40s curls, beautiful smoky eyes, and a meticulous, perfect, pink pout.