Captain: “Do you mean to tell me that my children have been roaming about Salzburg dressed up in nothing but some old drapes?!”
Maria: “Mmmhmm, and having a marvelous time.”
It is probably no coincidence that our favorite parts of the Sound of Music happen when the children are all decked out in their curtain outfits. It’s when they all start having fun, and their happiness is infectious (want a reminder of how wonderful these scenes are? Watch a clip from the movie here).
2015 marks 50 years since the world first saw Julie Andrews stitch together those memorable outfits, so we’re reminiscing on that and other moments in curtain fashion through the years.
The real Maria von Trapp loved curtains, too
While many elements of the true story behind The Sound of Music were embellished with Hollywood flare, the story of making clothes from curtains is true. When it came time to design the curtain outfits for the movie, costume designer Dorothy Jeakins ensured that the outfits truly were made from curtain material.
Fringe for their 50th
When our founders Jane & Jack Fitzpatrick celebrated their 50th anniversary, they were honored with a surprise, two-hour theatrical production at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. There were musical numbers, skits, and a fashion show that featured Country Curtains employees strutting down the runway wearing the hottest fashions—all made from curtains, of course. The photo below shows Anne, one of our long-time employees, wearing an eye-catching dress and hat made of our signature ball fringe.
Carol Burnett & the Curtain Rod Dress
Fashion designer Bob Mackie created the “Curtain Rod Dress” for comic legend Carol Burnett. It was a parody of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind, but it was far from dramatic — the sight of Carol Burnett wearing the curtain rod is one of the funniest moments in TV history. The sketch is so famous that the entire outfit, complete with curtain rod, is on display at the Smithsonian.
Dinner & Drapes with the Country Curtains Retail Team
Two years ago, a dinner event held during our annual meeting was transformed into a formal affair featuring gowns made out of Country Curtains fabric or curtains. Needless to say, the group had a wonderful night. Below are photos of Darlene and Terry from our Retail division wearing homemade dresses using our Lenoxdale Toile curtains in black and Moire Plaid in blue.
We think all these ladies look gorgeous, and that got us wondering: the next time you are ready to upgrade your window coverings, would you turn your curtains into a cocktail dress? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or on Facebook.