vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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Making the dress look better

carole lombard p1202-672c

Nice portrait, isn't it? This one's Paramount p1202-672, and an Eastman Kodak vintage negative of it, measuring 7 3/4" x 9 3/4", is to be offered by Heritage Auctions' latest film memorabilia auction. Bidding begins Sunday, and will continue for a week. I like Heritage's description of the item:

"Full length portrait of Carole Lombard, doing what she always did...making the dress look better than it was."

Since it's a negative, no snipe is available -- but was another p1202 pic taken of Lombard in that dress? Thankfully, the answer is yes. To be specific, it's p1202-666, and it has a snipe:

carole lombard p1202-666a front
carole lombard p1202-666a back

It was designed by Travis Banton for "Bolero," a 1934 film whose story opens in 1914, which explains why the dress -- with a slit skirt of baby blue satin -- appears a bit dated by 1930s standards. And yes, Carole indeed makes it look better.

You can learn more about this negative, with links to information on Heritage's bidding process, by visiting http://movieposters.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=161240&lotIdNo=12003#Photo.

And the dress indeed was used in "Bolero," as proven by this still from the film:

carole lombard bolero 47b

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