Hello everyone! My dear blogging friend Miss Elizabeth Bennet has kindly invited me to guest post for her during Period Drama Fashion Week, and I had great fun writing this. Historical costumes have always fascinated me, and when I watched Gone With the Wind last month for the first time, it was the lovely, lavish costumes that garnered the majority of my attention and interest. Gone With the Wind is an epic film classic, spanning the American Civil War and the Reconstruction and following the lives of a large variety of characters. The movie itself has become iconic, as have many of the beautiful costumes designed by Walter Plunkett. In my personal, amateur and doesn't-really-know-what-she's-talking-about opinion, you can clearly see the personalities of many GWTW characters through the outfits they wear. Today, I'm mostly going to focus on Scarlett O'Hara and how her clothes exemplify her transformation throughout the movie. I'd better warn you right away that my impression of Scarlett is this: she's an immature brat and the beginning of the movie and by the end she's a hardened, selfish woman who didn't appreciate what she had until it was gone. I lose no love over Scarlett, but I realize that some of you may actually like her, so I'll do my best not to offend you.
I've always loved movie costumes, as I said before, but I didn't start really looking at them analytically until I read this post by a dear blogging friend. In that post, Alexandra points out how Maria's character in West Side Story undergoes a dramatic change as the movie progresses, changing from a girl into a woman. In the beginning of WSS, Maria wears a white dress with a red sash. The white represents her youth and naivete, while the red is just a hint of the fact that she's growing up and getting ready to wear a more daring color. And in GWTW, Scarlett wears the exact same colors in her first scene. Ruffles, frills and more ruffles galore-- it's obvious that Scarlett is from a wealthy family, and even more obvious that she takes great care about what she wears and knows exactly how well she looks in it. The conceited little snip.
Now, I happen to like a bit of respectability (and it's such a nice change to see it on Scarlett... aaaaaaahem) so these dresses are some of my favorites. Especially the shantytown one. Now I'm not going to go all English-teacher on you and start blathering about symbolism again, but I do find it amusing that Scarlett's wearing blue, the color of loyalty, in the scene where she's completely disregarding her husband's wishes and being blatantly disloyal to him.
Miss Elizabeth Bennet: Thank you, Miss Amy, for guest posting during Period Drama Fashion Week! Be sure to check out Amy's blog, Yet Another Period Drama Blog!