February 5, 2014

Wing It

Cecil Beaton and Ulyana Sergeenko

In 1956, Cecil Beaton costumed the debut broadway production of My Fair Lady, which would earn the prolific photographer and costumer designer a Tony for Best Costume Design. Two years later, Beaton would design the costumes for another — this time on-screen — musical, Gigi. Both musicals were rag-to-riches tales inspired by Pygmalion that ended with splendid Beaton gowns. In the film, Gigi’s transformation is materialized as she appears in a white satin winged gown for dinner in fin-desiècle Paris. If visual evidence is anything to go by, Beaton’s off-the-shoulder gown appears to have inspired a black satin dress that appeared in the Spring/Summer 2014 collection of Ulyana Sergeenko, the Russian couture patron cum couture designer.

 

Comparison Courtesy of: Juan Andrés Puertas

Leslie Caron in Cecil Beaton for Gigi, 1958

Leslie Caron in Cecil Beaton for Gigi, 1958

 

Ulyana Sergeenko SS 2014

Ulyana Sergeenko SS 2014

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3 Comments

  1. Lara

    February 6, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Reply

    Thank you! I said the exact same thing when I saw the Sergeenko dress.
  2. tahan

    February 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Reply

    It is fascinating to know the back history of old and new fashion

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