Tuesday, May 13, 2014

WANTED: Red floral beaded Barbara Stanwyck gown

This is the gown Nolan designed for Barbara to wear to the 1982 Academy Awards where she won an honorary Oscar.  A few years later Nolan would design an identical gown for her in pink to wear as Constance Colby on Dynasty.  The red gown came with a wool jacket trimmed in sable.  The gown's beaded floral design is very beautiful, as is the gown, but I generally prefer the more voluptuous looking pieces.  This gown definitely has a more matronly and conservative look, due to the modest cut of a high neckline and long sleeves.  I still think it is a very nice piece, but more than the gown, I find the sketch absolutely stunning.  The sketch is detailed like a portrait, and I dare say Nolan did Barbara a few favors when creating her likeness on paper. I would like to own this gown, but Id really love to own the sketch!

WANTED: If anyone has this gown or it's sketch, or any information on their whereabouts, please let me know!