Julie Andrews as Gertrude Lawrence in 'Star' Designed by Donald Brooks


Black sequined halter-style long gown ornamented throughout with white beaded magnolias.




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Nominated for Best Costumes, 1968. Later worn by extra playing a lounge singer in the 1974 film "Funny Lady. "

“Star” was supposed to be a blockbuster hit, paring together Julie Andrew and Robert Wise again after the success of their collaboration on “Sound of Music.” But audiences, who for the most part, did not know who Gertrude Lawrence was, had changed their feelings about musicals. Star was literally filled with extravagant musical numbers, many of which were cut when the public didn’t respond well to the film.

Designer Donald Brooks was a prominent figure in American fashion but, his passion was for the Broadway stage. He did the designs for three films, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Costume Design each time. His designs for the film were dramatic, beautiful and many times over the top. Many of them featured one of his trademark signatures with the opulent use of oversized tones and beadwork. He designed more than 3,500 costumes for the film.



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