DescriptionNolan Miller Design for The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, a Heavy Purple Satin Crepe 1940s Evening Gown Worn by Ann-Margret as Ann Arden Grenville, Together with the Pencil Drawing and Water Color Sketch for this Costume. 1987; Dress: satin crepe; Label: Nolan Miller; Dress Size: 4/6; Sketch: 15" x 20", water color, pencil, color pencil; Pencil Sketch: 11" x 14".
1940s inspired floor-length, belted purple satin crepe gown. The cross-over pleated "V" bodice is secured at the center front waist with a hook & eye. Padded at the shoulder, the medium-length sleeve ending just above the elbow, is pleated at the shoulder, the fullness brought in at a tuck and finished with two decorative self-covered buttons and loops. The straight skirt is pleated in front, with a center slit. The waist is closed at center with four snaps. Finishing the dress is a belt in purple satin crepe, curved for fit.
Nolan Miller's watercolor sketch is true to his style and captures Ann Margret's face rather than a generic model. In the illustration, the elegant purple satin crepe gown is shown accessorized with a corsage at the waist and dyed to match gloves and shoes. The ensemble is finished with a white fur boa. Typical of Nolan's technique, he started in pencil, layering water color and finishing in color pencil. The sketch is signed by Nolan Miller in black ink over a light water color signature and is labeled in black "Ann Margret 'The Two Mrs. Grenvilles.' " The pencil sketch is preparatory to the watercolor sketch and is labeled "Ann Margaret, 1944," and is pinned at the upper left corner with a sample of the purple silk crepe used for this gown.
Designed by Nolan Miller, Ann-Margret wore this gown in her role as Ann Arden Grenville in the opening scene of the mini series The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, based on Dominick Dunne's best selling novel. Nolan designed 53 changes for Ann-
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