Handmade Cyd Charisse Dress

Last night, our pal and fellow Gene fan Elizabeth brought to our attention this replica of Cyd Charisse’s flapper dress from the “Broadway Melody” number in Singin’ in the Rain (1952).

From what we can tell, the dress was recreated and hand-sown by Maral Agnerian for this year’s Dragon Con, the “largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe.” Captions below Agnerian’s pics tell us

  • the entire dress was beaded and sequined by hand
  • the beading alone took 6 months to complete, and (for those who recall prom in the late ’80s),
  • dyeable bridal shoes “hurt like a MOFO.”

We’ve featured three images of the dress here, but you can see more on the designer’s photostream. What talent!



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  • That is AMAZING! I've always adored Ann Miller's dress from "Modern Man" in On the Town. Green with the black and white plaid underneath.

    • Heather, there's a woman on Etsy who makes reproductions of costumes from classic movies, and that Ann Miller dress is one of them! So you can have one of your own, if you've got $105 to throw around. ๐Ÿ˜›


      • Whoa. Another cool dress. Perhaps you can be our fashion guru??

        • Oooh! I dig that title. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • WOWEEWOWEEWOW! Thanks for the info! Dressing like a musical star…that's crossing a line into being a fangirl. I think I could live with that. : )

  • "Prehistoric Man," rather. This is why I try to avoid commenting on the internet. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Hey, thanks for the shout-out! Glad I could (finally!) offer some material for a post. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Hi and thanks so much for the feature! I wore this costume at Dragon*Con, but actually made it for the costume competition at Costume-Con, an awesome conference for costumers and costume enthusiasts.

    You can see photos from previous Costume-Cons here: http://costume-con.org (under Visual Archive)