Saturday, July 24, 2021

Cinema Wedding Gowns: Spinout (1966)

Since the Star of the Month for July on Turner Classic Movies is Elvis Presley, I thought it would be fun to highlight a wedding scene from one of his films: Spinout (1966). The brides are Shelley Fabares, Diane McBain, and Deborah Walley. None of the grooms are Elvis but, in true Elvis fashion, he kisses all of the brides ;)

From left to right: Faberes, McBain, and Walley.

All three girls are wearing identical shoulder-length tulle veils. The base is donut shaped and rests on a circle of tiny white floral sprigs. Tiny white petals are scattered over the tulle as well.

We only get glimpses of their dresses. Fabares wears a lace gown with a wide neckline, flutter sleeves, and a fitted bodice that seamlessly moves into a medium-full skirt. 

Diane McBain wears a gown made of plain white fabric with a lace shawl/cape-like piece attached to the front of the bodice and going down into a point in the back, also creating the lace "sleeves." The nipped in waist goes into a full skirt with a substantial train. There are also sheer sleeve pieces that go from the wrist to the elbow, lending to a long-sleeve effect (You can see it better in this photo). The groom is Carl Betz, who played Faberes' father both here and on The Donna Reed Show.

Deborah Walley has the prettiest gown, in my opinion. Floral applique over a sheer white fabric with short sleeves and an empire waist. All three brides wear short white gloves and white heels. 

Which gown is your favorite?

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