However, for me the greatest gown made in Hollywood is the red one worn by Vivien Leigh for her role as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939). Not only is it worn by arguably the most beautiful woman in film, but it is a triumph of dressmaking- with it's rubies, feathers, and overall breathtaking appearance. It mirrored the strength, presence, boldness and striking beauty of it's wearer, and is perfect for the scene it was made for. Scarlett is about to enter a party where all its guests are gossiping about her, maybe even calling her a 'scarlet woman', and definitely believing that she would not have the nerve to come along. But, even though Scarlet was reluctant to go, Rhett forces her, questioning whether she has the brashness to go into 'the lion's den'. Of course Scarlett holds her head high and enters the room with regal defiance and elegance, much to everyone's surprise and annoyance.
If ever a dress succeeded in making a big entrance, it was this stunning red gown designed by Walter Plunkett. All the costumes designed for Gone with the Wind are masterpieces, but this one is the ultimate show-stopper.