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Representation of four gowns designed by Val St Cyr
"Representation of four gowns designed by Val St Cyr and executed by Marie Blanche for the British Silent Film At the Villa Rose, a crime melodrama set on the Riviera, directed by Maurice Elvey for Stoll, 1920. Left to right: A walking costume of parma violet and grey fur. The quaint little straight bodice with the big buttons at the side and the upstanding collar is charming. The white crepe underdress threaded from the bodice line with a loose hanging ribbon of vivid green with purple ornaments. A wonderful black gown with front and back apron piece coming high to the neck of black net, hung with jet paillettes. There is a dress with a bodice comprised of a widened belt, yet the jet apron added to this makes a wonderfully striking effect. The glace flounces of the skirt are wired at the edge to give an effect of width and to make more striking the straightness of the stole and the under skirt of black satin has a curious fish tail piece edged with sulphur yellow ? this being the only touch of colour in the white scheme.A little day frock of soft heliotrope charmeuse with hems of apple green and fringes of black fur. The only break in the design is a coral ornament pendant from the green bodice ribbon. Worn by Celia played by Manora ThewEvening dress worn by Adele of magenta and deep purple with the frills of the skirt carried out right up the front of the corsage and around the throat. The effect is enormously striking as there is no back or sides to the bodice and the magenta belt which slopes down from under the frill and fastens at the back is finished with a large diamond and emerald ornament. In colouring and design it is wonderfully in character with that adventuress." Date: 1920
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