Until now, our Doppelganger Dresses feature has focused exclusively on one Miss Scarlett O'Hara but as compelling as our green-eyed heroine is, she isn't the only character Walter Plunkett designed costumes for in GWTW. So today we are changing gears and showcasing a dress worn by Belle Watling. The dress in question is actually my favorite costume of Belle's in the movie: the orange dress, trimmed with red flowers and black lace, that she wears when she advises a furious Rhett that it's best
not to throw the baby out with the bathwater to return home and focus on Bonnie.
So which period fashion plates that have the unique distinction of resembling a dress worn by Atlanta's most notorious madam? You'll find them after the jump, along with some images of Miss Watling in her finery for comparison. As always, let us know what you think of the styles in the comments!
|"Evening dress of buff silk, trimmed with black lace to stimulate an overskirt, fastened with bouquets of scarlet roses." From Godey's Lady's Book, February 1874.|
|Orange evening dress trimmed with black lace. From The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, August 1869.|
Gone with the Wind screenshot and publicity stills
The daring Miss Watling in doll form. Image from Tonner Dolls.