Looking for Mabel Normand

Madcap Mabel Normand

Hickson & Company 1918

 

 

 

 

ELYRIA EVENING TELEGRAMJULY 11, 1918

  

FAKE COUTURIER GOT CAMOUFLAGE FROM REAL ONE

 

FIFTH AVENUE MODISTE SHOWS MODELS IN MABEL NORMAND PLAY

 

Mabel Normand newest Goldwyn picture, directed by George Loane Tucker, which revolves around a fashionable modiste’s shop, is going to have the atmosphere of the real thing.  To make the atmosphere genuine, Goldwyn engaged Hickson, the famous Fifth Avenue creator of delightful things feminine to supply costumes and mannequins to wear them.

     “Dodging a Million” which is to be shown at the Bannon theatre, gives Miss Normand the opportunity to wear some of the fetchingest apparel she ever has been arrayed in for a motion picture.  Not the least fetching article is a nightgown its artistic creator has chosen to dub “The Vampire,” imagined and brought into being especially for Mabel Normand.

     Hickson is responsible for this delicately unusual bit of finery.  Miss Grace Flynn, Goldwyn Studio who knows enough about costumes too be a modiste herself, describes it thus:

     The body of the garment, cut on lines severely plain, is of black satin. It has a V-neck and sleeves and slashed at – each side to the knee.  The slashed spaces are filled with accordion pleated chiffon.

     Six of Hickson’s most famous models appear in the picture wearing gowns, frocks, cloaks and lingerie calculated to fill the feminine (and perhaps even the masculine) eye with delight.

     One of the most striking of these strikingly modern creation is a blue wool velour afternoon frock, trimmed with dark blue velvet and showing the ultra-new bustle effect.  It is embroidered in gold thread and further embellished with wide bands of blue fox fur.

     Other severities are a black jet and sapphire blue evening gown: another of white velvet brocaded in silver; a black and gold brocade lined gold velvet evening wrap trimmed in seal; a maroon velvet evening wrap banned with kolinsky: a purple velvet skating outfit trimmed with bands of ermine and including a jaunty ermine hat; satin and crepe de chine and lace lingerie and pajamas of pink satin that are better imagined than described.

 

                                                                                                                                            sent to us from Frederica

 

 

 

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  1. A garment, cut on lines severely plain, is of black satin. It has a V-neck and sleeves and slashed at – each side to the knee.  The slashed spaces are filled with accordion pleated chiffon.

 

  1. A blue wool velour afternoon frock, trimmed with dark blue velvet and showing the ultra-new bustle effect.  It is embroidered in gold thread and further embellished with wide bands of blue fox fur.

 

  1. A black jet and sapphire blue evening gown
  2. A white velvet brocaded in silver
  3. A black and gold brocade lined gold velvet evening wrap trimmed in seal
  4. A maroon velvet evening wrap banned with kolinsky
  5. A purple velvet skating outfit trimmed with bands of ermine and including a jaunty ermine hat
  6. A satin and crepe de chine and lace lingerie and pajamas of pink satin

 

 

Richard Hickson's designs for Dodging A Million