Imagine yourself in a “period” film set in the Victorian era. You assume the demeanor of a quiet young woman of the late 19th century. You learn to walk differently, to seat yourself differently in a chair when you are wearing a Victorian-era costume that sweeps around your ankles. It is an acting challenge that surely broadens your scope as a film star.
In the film titled Love’s Ghost, Gene plays a governess of two lonely children. The film takes place in a spacious mansion filled with the sweetness of the children and the joyous care of their lovely teacher. And there is something else there, too: the mysterious spirit of the mystical Count, the children’s father.
In this role, Gene looks ethereal in a dress reminiscent of fine Victorian fashion. It is made of simple, soft cotton. The bodice has a deep ruffled collar and billowing, elbow-length sleeves edged with lace. The only ornamentation is a pleated cummerbund trimmed with a nosegay of flowers, as if tucked there on a walk through the mansion’s garden. The natural straw hat is bedecked with the same sweet flowers.
As the story unfolds, we ask: will the handsome Count ever appear? Will the young governess find her true love? This costume seems to answer “Yes!”
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