Walter Plunkett’s wild ideas for An American in Paris (1951)

Gene Kelly and Nina Foch in An American in Paris (Click for reference)

In the beaux arts ball sequence of ‘An American in Paris’ [Walter Plunkett] really went imaginative. His materials included newspapers, oilcloth, canvas and felt. The hats were even more extreme. They featured cardboard boxes, sofa pillows and bird cages. One, of papier-mache, took the form of a woman’s leg.”–Quigg, Jack. “Have Nothing to Wear? Use Ingenuity,” The Washington Post; Jul 8, 1951, pg. S10.

You can see a clip of the scene referenced (the New Year’s Eve party)  here.

A nice side-bar for this is that Nina Foch’s gown, according to the organizers of the recent Debbie Reynolds auction, was designed by Orry-Kelly for Walter Plukett in this scene. (Click the image below for more on that!)

Gene Kelly and Nina Foch in An American in Paris (Click for source)

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