A Dolly Tree gown for Rita Johnson

A Dolly Tree gown for Rita Johnson

A stunning dinner gown created by Dolly Tree  for Rita Johnson in Stronger Than Desire in 1939

This luxurious cloth of gold dinner gown featured a long sheath-like tunic and a skirt which was two-length at the front and gathered for fullness and lengthened at the back to form a light train. The only decoration was the ornamentation at the neckline forming a bib featuring a necklace of many stranded clusters of jade grapes. The gown was created for Rita Johnson in Stronger Than Desire (1939) but may have resurfaced in her later MGM film appearances or used for publicity. 

A Dolly Tree gown for Rita Johnson in Stronger Than Desire (1939)

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Dolly Tree costume design at MGM

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