A Stitch In Time

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DRESS BOUTIQUE: GONE WITH THE WIND REDUX

Posted by debraroby on August 14, 2005

For Suzette:

Few people know that Margaret Mitchell did try to write a second novel following the success of GONE WITH THE WIND. This book was to deal with Scarlett’s second cousin up in Richmond.. VIOLET O’HARA. Violet was born in the 1880s, and the novel followed her life through to first world war.

Although the book was never finished, evidence has surfaced that a movie was in the works. What else could explain the several gown displayed here?

Violet married on Christmas Day, with The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies as her processional theme. This dress was designed just for the occasion. Doesn’t every girl pick the music first, and then the dress to match?

Violet’s husband was shipped off to fight with Teddy Roosevelt. Sadly, he was injured during the charge up San Juan Hill, never to be the same man again (if you get my drift). Violet chose to wear this dress when she met his boat, convinced that it would confort him that he wasn’t really missing anything…

That third dress?? That was planned for the husband’s funeral. A girl has to let the world know she’s back on the market.

So though the movie was never made… we can enjoy the highlights of that defunct effort, and don’t even have to queue it at NetFlix.

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