We don't have proof, but there's a good chance that dress, worn by Carole Lombard in the now-lost 1928 Pathe feature "Ned McCobb's Daughter," was created by a company celebrating its centennial this year -- Western Costume Co.
At the time "Ned McCobb's Daughter" was made, Western was headquartered downtown at 935 South Broadway (left); in 1932, it moved to Hollywood, close to the studios at 5335 Melrose Avenue, just to the east of Paramount and RKO (right):
I can recall seeing the Western Costume building when I first visited Los Angeles in June 1989; by then, however, it was seeking a new home. The year before, Paramount had purchased the company, but its prime interest was the location. Western was sold to new owners in early '89, and by the end of the year, it had found a future home in North Hollywood at 11041 Vanowen Street. It took some five months to move Western's massive inventory, and here's its headquarters today:
Western is the largest costume maker in the world, either designing or renting outfits to be worn in film and TV productions. It's home to more than three million costumes. The recent revival of period TV -- think "Mad Men," "Boardwalk Empire" or the recently canceled "Pan Am" -- has been a boon to Western.
The company has long prided itself on historical accuracy in its costumes. To that end, for decades it has maintained a notable research library, providing information for art directors as well as costume designers.
Western's origins, appropriately, derive from westerns. The company's founder, L.L. Burns, had been a trader with American Indians, accumulating a large inventory of tribal artifacts, weapons, costumes and jewelry pieces. In 1912, he watched a film being shot in Hollywood, was not impressed with the garb the film's Indians were wearing, and told that to director (and western star) William S. Hart, a stickler for accuracy. Burns was hired to properly outfit the Indians, and soon his business grew to other studios and other types of outfits (such as the Civil War uniforms in "The Birth Of A Nation").
Among the many classic films the company notes it has worked on include "To Be Or Not To Be," though since Irene did most of Lombard's designs for that movie, I don't know whether Western actually produced some of her costumes.
The firm not only works with film and TV, but Broadway and community stage groups as well...even video games (last year's "L.A. Noire").
Western does little direct work with the public, aside from a "spring cleaning sale" held each May and rentals of Halloween-related costumes every October. This Wednesday, the company will be honored at the Bing Theater of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Not only will there be a panel discussion, but for the first time, Western will present a pageant of some of its most famous costumes, from the green velvet dress worn in "Gone With The Wind"...
...to outfits from more recent films, including "The Artist":
For more on this event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1911615