Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery



#5458 - c. 1950 Raspberry Wool 2-piece Tailored Suit in 1898 Style Movie Worn by GINGER ROGERS in "The First Traveling Saleswoman"!  Designed by Edward Stevenson!  This was Ginger Rogers' last movie for the studio in which she was a star, RKO.   A (quote) "mild comedy starring Ginger Rogers as a corset shop owner who goes broke and becomes a traveling saleslady in 1897 (though I think it's 1898) Texas. But because she owes money she ends up selling barbed wire. Very strange premise but a decent cast and a few good lines here and there save this one.  Rogers' modeling assistant is none other than Carol Channing."  This piece is in extraordinary condition in the finest quality raspberry colored wool.  Fabulous cut of the skirt gores especially at back.  Trimmed in matching deeper raspberry velvet at cuffs, collar and waist. A delightful costume from a Hollywood star, from a less than stellar movie I'm afraid.  I haven't seen it myself, but I'm told this piece is indeed onscreen in the movie.  Both pieces are beautifully and originally tagged with "G. Rogers" and the production numbers and "1898" era. This piece hasn't seen the light of day in about 40 years... tucked away in a personal collection. The color, condition, and superior fabrics are what is so special about this piece!  I only wish I had a "dancing" Ginger Rogers gown!   Love the fact that the "Traveling" is spelled differently on the two posters I'm showing in the additional photos! Wild! :)

SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Study