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    "Mourning Becomes Electra" Costume Worn by Katina Paxinou. Elaborately costumed in Mourning Becomes Electra (Eugene O'Neill's version of The Oresteia), Katina Paxinou donned this gauzy, flowing green and beige dress, a beautifully rendered replica of Civil War-era fashion. The film's celebrated costume designer, Travis Banton, had also designed Mary Pickford's dress for her wedding to Douglas Fairbanks and was known for his use of exquisite fabrics. Alongside Rosalind Russell, Kirk Douglas and Sir Michael Redgrave, Paxinou would help lead the film to box office success and two Oscar nominations. The top portion hooks on to the skirt with a series of eye-hooks, and is lined with traditional corset-stays (beauty knows no pain), with the floor-length skirt heavily lined in layers of cotton and satin, though it is missing its bustle. The entire ensemble is accented with bright green silk bows and ribbons. In Very Fine condition, with a few minor holes, pulls and small areas of discoloration to the gauze shell and ribbon material.

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    October, 2007
    6th-7th Saturday-Sunday
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