Saturday, January 23, 2010

Gene Marshall: Holiday Magic

Designed in 1996 by Tim Kennedy, this circa 1956 outfit was inspired by a dress worn by Grace Kelly. Anyone out there have a photo of the original dress Grace wore? This particular ensemble is difficult to get for a good price; I was able to secure this one at a semi-reasonable price because it was missing the pin that is attached to the shoulder of the dress. Pulling a piece from Facets by Marcia and voila, Gene is bejeweled again.

From the storycard:

Although you’re a movie star, it’s the new medium of television that gives you the chance to entertain your fans as they relax in the comfort of their own homes. When you appear on a TV holiday special in the mid-1950s, you have the thrill of performing live before an audience of millions!

Gene has looked forward to her appearance on the “Holiday Magic” show, broadcast from New York City on Christmas Eve, 1956. It gives her an opportunity to be home for the holidays with her family. And when she performs a wonderful song and dance routine, she surprises her movie fans by displaying talents she’s never fully revealed in her films. The applause of the studio audience—with Gene’s family cheering from the front row—proves, once and for all, that Gene won’t have to have her singing roles dubbed anymore.

Anybody able to send me a closeup of the original pin for this outfit?

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