A lot of people become annoyed when they are watching a movie and the action suddenly stops for a parade of outlandish outfits (I hear this a lot about the lavish Technicolor show plopped in the middle of the black and white comedy The Women (1939)). While I can understand that a fashionable interruption can be murder for pacing and plot progression, I’m always delighted to have the opportunity to ogle beautiful (and sometimes bizarre) clothes from the past.
The nice thing about this collection of clips is that here they stand on their own. No plot to interrupt—just clothes! This 1920s-style exhibition from Singin’ in the Rain(1952) is the first movie fashion show I can remember seeing. I love the silly narration:
This clip from It’s a Great Life (1929) reminds me of the Singin’ in the Rain fashion show. I wonder if this scene was the inspiration? The show starts at about 2:30:
I couldn't find a clip with the whole fashion show from How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), but this part with Marilyn Monroe is the funniest:
And here is that lovely—and strange (check out that hand-shaped brooch and the monkeys!) show from The Women (1939). This was apparently filmed in Technicolor so that MGM could show off their new process. The clothes were all designed by Adrian:
I also love the fashion show in the 1961 remake of Back Street with Susan Hayward, but I couldn’t find a good clip. What are your favorite movie fashion shows? Did I miss anything good?