Lot #597
Helen Rose: The Belle of New York

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Estimate: $500+

Description

American costume designer and clothing designer (1904-1985) who spent the bulk of her career with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Rose twice won Academy Awards for Best Costume Design: for The Bad and the Beautiful in 1952 and for I'll Cry Tomorrow in 1955. She was nominated a further eight times and was well known for designing famous wedding dresses of the era, including the dress worn by Grace Kelly when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956. Beautiful selection of four original costume sketches designed by Academy Award-winning costume designer Helen Rose for the 1952 MGM musical comedy The Belle of New York. The sketches, each approximately 15.25 x 22, are expertly accomplished in variations of graphite, ink, pastel, and watercolor, with approval initials and pencil notations present to the front and/or back. The sketches are as follows:

Actress Helen Kimbell wearing a gorgeous red gown with matching hat, samples of which are stapled to the upper edge, and the reverse stamped as “Prod. No. 1545, Sketch No. 8574, Name Helen Kimbell, Fitter Eva S., Date 5/22, Sequence Boardwalk Number.”

A model on ice skates dressed warmly with a long green-and-yellow winter coat, matching hat, and soft dark hand-warmer, samples of which are affixed to the upper edge, with the upper right marked with the name “Margaret Williams.”

Actress Shirley Glickman wearing a fashionable beige gown with blue accents and holding a matching parasol, samples of which are stapled to the upper left corner, and the reverse stamped as “Prod. No. 1545, Sketch No. 8594, Name Shirley Glickman, Fitter Kath. Mc., Date 5/22, Sequence Boardwalk Number.”

Actress Jean Corbett wearing a large red dress with a cream-colored blouse and matching hat, sample remnants of which are stapled to the upper left, and the reverse stamped as “Prod. No. 1545, Sketch No. 8570, Name Jean Corbett, Fitter Eva S., Date 5/22, Sequence Boardwalk Number.” In overall fine condition, with some wear and toning to edges, which could be easily matted out if so desired.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Hollywood
  • Dates: #606 - Ended April 14, 2021