A Place in the Sun: the Prom Dress Hall of Fame

A Place in the Sun, white dress

The white gown that Liz Taylor wore in 1951 for "A Place in the Sun" captured the imagination of college and high school girls everywhere. The style and silhouette would become one of the most popular prom and wedding gown looks for the decade.

This original costume illustration by Edith Head must be an early version, since the "V" waistline shown was later changed to become more conventional. When looking at the photos it is easy to see that the blossom details are carefully placed, not to overwhelm the bodice. Similar white velour (or velvet) violet blossoms are scattered all over the bouffant tulle skirt.

These two Butterick patterns: Long version #4928 and short version #5457 are excellent sewing patterns to use if you want to try making your own version in tulle layered over taffeta. It's really a very simple dress design, the blossoms scattered all over are what makes the difference!

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