Style Icons: Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen in White Christmas


Yesterday my friend and I sat down for our annual viewing of White Christmas. The conversation has stayed the same since we first watched it on the ten inch TV in our cinder block dorm room. Look at how tiny Vera Ellen’s waist is! I wish they still sold 50s swing dresses. Seriously, the inside of her thighs are hollow! I wonder if I can find a knock off of Rosemary Clooney’s black gown on Ebay? Here are some screen shots for those who just want to gape at the fashion without the musical numbers.

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    • Maggie

      While I too love White Christmas (and all the costumes), I believe Vera Ellen was severely anorexic. All the high necked costumes she wore in the film (not once do we see her neck) were supposedly to cover up the damage from her anorexia.

      But I will agree with you that her costumes and her dancing, along with Rosemary Clooney, were fantastic and the movie is certainly a Christmas classic. Yet that slim waist you praised is as scary as it is tiny.

    • Molly Horan

      I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to imply we were praising the tiny waist, our connotation during those exclamations was actually, “and its tinniness is freaking us out! I wish she would have eaten a sandwich.” We chalked her tiny frame up to all the dancing, and it’s very sad to hear she had an eating disorder.

    • Groovymarlin

      Naturally her family denies that she had an eating disorder, but I don’t think it’s any coincidence that in movies she was always covered up all the way up to (and past) the neck. Also, if you watch when she’s dancing, you’ll note that all of her leotards have padding in the bottom, to make it look like she has SOME curves below the waist.

      She was a very talented lady, but her life was a bit tragic. In addition to (probably) having anorexia, she left show business all together after her infant daughter died of SIDS in 1963. She herself died of cancer when she was only 60.

      Great movie; I never get tired of it.

    • Kena Hellman

      This post is an awesome attempt to cover most of casual clothing. T-shirts have always been an interest for me. I have bookmarked the page and will refer it to my friends too.

    • Devin B

      i am so much inspired by your sleek straight look! your fashion sense is really very well and stylish. i wish i could also adopt you =)