>>Does anyone have any idea what color the costumes (primarily the
and finale dresses) are in the 1933 picture? I'm horrible with black and
white... I have no idea! I know they're white, according to Cat, but is this
a creamy white, blue white, etc... does anyone know if there are color
pictures of the costumes existing somewhere?
The thing to remember about B&W color... the filmmakers aim for "perceived
color". In another movie there's a famous "scarlet" dress that actually is
emerald green. The green was picked because it read on screen as a decedent
red. (I think the movie is named Jezebel, but not sure.)
Screen color read is less about the hue (color) and more about everything
else that makes up color - brightness, saturation, reflective index, etc.
Add film stock chosen and colors get weirder.
Actually, the same thing happens today... even in cases where a dress is
suppose to be white, it will often be over dyed so that it doesn't shine too
much as white. In LOTR, Gladdy's gowns get a quick dip in green to take
down the glow and add detail. You wouldn't want to do that green dip if you
Other movies make "black" costumes out of various grays, or use creams to
real a calming white.
The problem with King Kong, some of the lobby cards are hand painted tinted
yellow and other pink... but that's just to pop the adds... so it gets a bit
crazy. I haven't been able to trace down color reference... but I'm always
open to documenting what others can find.
In the Finale dress
, there's a
lot of contrast between the beading and fabric... so the "white" is a tad
more on the dark side, like cream, or a green or whatever worked to allow
the beads to shine but keep the dress from glowing.
The Screen Test dress,
another high shine dress... so the color is toned down again to prevent a
glow. When her arm is raised to cover her eyes notice that the fabric still
Probably the best example of pure white is directly below the Screen Test
dress, just scroll down and look at "Trouble". However, that dress is made
from a matt fabric so it can be whiter w/o any burning flaring.
Hope that makes some sense.