Last night, I watched the 1948 film ‘The Pirate’ starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. Out of the many wonderful costumes Judy Garland wore, I thought this was the most compelling, and perhaps also the most relevant to contemporary fashion.
She is seen wearing it when she is hypnotized by Gene Kelly, a scene during which she sings ‘Mack the Black’. The simple white wrap is paired with the beautifully beaded dip-dyed red and black skirt, which looks like something that could almost fold itself into an A/W 2012 collection. Perhaps Jonathon Saunders?
or Jil Sander?
The white wrap top is actually the top part of the long white robe she is seen wearing in the bedroom beforehand; in itself glorious. Despite the beauty of this skirt, I’m not sure it can replace the ruby slippers’ # 1 spot in my top 5 most coveted Judy Garland costume pieces. After all, those can actually get you home. All you have to do is click your heels 3 times. I’m just waiting for the day Miu Miu takes its glitter to the red realm of the rainbow.