I've had a love affair with the dresses in these movies since I was a little girl and still can't resist watching the ostrich feathers swirl around Ann Miller, Ginger Rogers, or Cyd Charisse (I often wanted to model my own ballroom costumes after them).
Here are a few modern day equivalents worn by Liv Tyler (Givenchy), Hillary Swank (Oscar de la Rent), runway wedding dresses (Oscar de la Renta), and Christina Hendricks (Zac Posen) but in my opinion, the best model for a feather dress is a graceful dancer.
|Ann Miller in her dressing gown with Fred Astare. Easter Parade |
|Ann Miller in an ostrich feather dress and the fan I wanted desperately as little girl. Easter Parade|
|Ann Miller performing one of her insanely fast tap numbers. No feathers, I just loved this outfit. Easter Parade|
|Ginger Rogers earned the nickname "feathers" after insisting on wearing this blue feathery dress. |
Fred apparently said it was like dancing with a chicken being attacked by a coyote since the dress shed as they danced. Top Hat