Tuesday Talk – “Costumes Can Deceive: Gone with the Wind, The Movie”

August 18, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
$20 at Ventfort, $20 plus ticket fee for Zoom

Fashion historian and owner of an antique clothing store in Adams, MA Lynda Meyer will present at the mansion as part of its summer series of Tuesday Talks. The subject of her visual presentation is “Costumes Can Deceive: Gone with the Wind, The Movie,” which she will make on Tuesday, August 18 at 4:00 pm.

 A long-time expert on the history of fashion, Meyer will unveil the fact that most of the celebrated costumes created for GWTW are not stylistically authentic. The speaker will demonstrate on mannequins the true styling of late 19th century fashions and from the standpoint of Hollywood’s viewpoint the fascinating deceptions of GWTW costumes.

In an article Meyer wrote last winter for Our Berkshire Times, she states “Let’s begin with the first glimpse of Scarlett, played by actress Vivien Leigh, in front of Tara…  The time frame is 1860…Scarlett is wearing a hooped, white organdy garden dress with layers of ruffles. Quite a frock, but the truth is that this dress never existed.  The shoulders are square, with the frilly, high-necked, stand-up collar. Such collars did not appear until the late 1880s, and from the 1840s through the 1870s, the shoulder line was below the shoulder and had a very demure feminine look.”

Later in the article Meyer acknowledges that “the gowns worn by Melanie (Scarlett’s rival for Ashley’s love), Scarlett’s sisters, and Aunt Pitty Pat, were more representative of period fashions.  These characters were meant to be old-fashioned, unattractive and not sexy [like Scarlett]…”

The vintage clothing expert is the owner of Lynda’s Antique Clothing Loft.  Early on, at the time that she was a dancer in New York, she became “enraptured” with theatrical costuming and fashion.  Later, she took a job in an antique clothing store in the city. Moving to the Berkshires, she opened her own store in Adams after years of immersing herself in antique clothing. “I learned how to buy things, what to look for and how to restore clothing.”  She is also a frequent lecturer on the subject.

Due to the global Corona virus, Ventfort Hall, which had been closed down since March 15 and only reopened on July 16, is offering its summer series of Tuesday Talks on a later schedule. The Victorian teas will not be served until further notice.  Masks and strict spacing for seating will be observed.

Tickets for this presentation are $20 per person. To view on Zoom register at https://ventfort08182020.eventbrite.com

Reservations for attending the presentation at Ventfort Hall are strongly recommended as seating will be strictly limited. For reservations to attend at the mansion call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.

The summer 2020 series of Tuesday Talks are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.