Not really Hollywood, but I wasn't sure my kvetching really merits its own thread.
Husband and I went to see a local production of "The King and I" Saturday night. Not sure if it would be classified as amateur or semi-pro.
The costumes (barring several wigs and one terrible orange fake tan) for the "Siamese" members of the cast were gorgeous. I suspect some of the clothing was incorrect in terms of period and style, but it appeared to be worn more or less correctly.
Anna's costuming, however...
The first scene hadn't even finished and I pointed out to my husband that she had her crinoline on backwards. It appeared to be elliptical, and she had the bulge out front. With insufficient petticoats, of course. And the trim on the bottom quarter of the skirt was not an even distance from the hem, it wandered around up and down (looked like somebody eyeballed placement, not a problem of slippery layers while sewing). And speaking of the hem, it was dragging in back and too short in front, probably because the crinoline was backwards. But inexplicably, it was long on the right side.
By the second or third scene/second dress, I really really wanted to go backstage and FIX ANNA. My husband teased me that if I wasn't careful I was going to get drafted for the costume department.
The second dress that Anna wore also had length issues on the right side. But not the dress for the ball scene, or the last dress she wore. Crinolines #2 and #3 still had ISSUES, and still no/insufficient petticoats.
And somebody needed to teach her to walk in hoops. Correct me if I'm wrong, but shouldn't a woman be walk on level ground without pulling the front of her skirt up to her knees?!? AAARGH! DH suspects she tripped at some point in rehearsals, and reversed the crinoline to try to prevent it, along with hiking up every time she moved.
Now, the really painful bit is that I'm still really uneducated in 1860's styles, and I'm willing to forgive a lot in this kind of theatrical production - I suspect her ball gown wasn't from the right era, and there were probably similar style issues with the other costumes. Pretty sure from bodice fitting issues she wasn't wearing a corset, oh well. Zipper up the back of one of her dresses? Pfft - call it necessary for a quick costume change. Colors and fabric choices (ie: solid cotton) may have been poor, but they don't bother me. Yadda yadda yadda - this was Rogers and Hammerstein, not history.
But by heaven's sake, can we at least hope for a right-side around crinoline, one decent flounced petticoat so I can't count the hoops, and a hem that didn't look like rick-rack?
Thank you for listening to this rant.