Lady In the Dark (1944)

1940s Fashion in Films Lady in the Dark

Copyright © 1944 Paramount Pictures

Edith Head was another leading costume designer in the golden age of Hollywood. She worked at Paramount for 43 years and during her career was nominated for 34 academy awards, and on winning eight of them she became the only female to ever have won that many.  She controversially admitted that in her job interview for Paramount, she submitted a friend’s sketches and later also tried to pass off Givenchy’s designs for Audrey Hepburn as her own.

In 1944, all eyes were on her because of the top mink-lined gown she created for Ginger Rogers in Lady in the Dark, which was decadent in the time of wartime austerity and therefore a talking point open to criticism. Unfortunately this was the peak of Ginger Rogers career as her films to follow did not hold much notoriety or conviction, but at least she went out with a bang in a gown to die for.


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Written by Jemma De Blanche

Jemma De Blanche is a fashion and lifestyle journalist with a background in marketing and copy-writing, is in awe of all things creative and loves getting lost in a good book, a beautiful picture or the creativity of new collection. Jemma handles the Fashion in Film pages and the Men's catwalk reviews.

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