Keiko Lynn in a Ziegfeld Girl costume inspired by Hedy Lamarr

Ziegfeld Girl Costume

Costume Details:

reconstructed white vintage dress (but any white maxi dress could do!)

Sarah Flint shoes (more metallic shoes here)

I remember the first time I read about the Ziegfeld Follies, back when I was a little girl. I found them fascinating, glamorous, and wondered why elaborate costumes weren’t a part of our everyday attire. I’d eventually love to do an entire photo series inspired by the iconic Ziegfeld Follies, but for this one, I was specifically inspired by Hedy Lamarr’s portrayal of Sandra in the 1941 film Ziegfeld Girl. I’ve always been obsessed with this particular costume, with the stars surrounding her perfectly coiffed hair and gorgeous face. Just watch her in action in this clip. Or don’t, because I’d rather not invite the comparison;) She’s stunning.

I’ve been wanting to recreate this costume for ages, and with a few helping hands, I finally made it happen. My sister and Erin made the headdress with wire and pre-cut stars, I reconstructed the dress (basically just removed the sleeves and made new ones, then covered it in stars), and my very talented friend Erica gave me the hairstyle to complete the look. As usual, it’s a self portrait — and I regret not taking any closer shots but we were several shoots in and my brain was getting foggy. But still, I’ll always remember that brief moment in time where I got to live out my Ziegfeld Follies costume dream.

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  1. LILY GRACE says:

    I absolutely love this costume idea. It’s so classy and definitely the polar opposite of the norm for today’s culture.

  2. Panty Buns says:

    I did watch that clip of Hedy Lamarr…
    and I think you look quite a bit prettier than she did.
    Your Sandra costume came out looking almost identical to Sandra’s.
    What a fabulous costume!

  3. Beatrice says:

    This looks absolutely amazingg, I love that headdress! This is totally something that I would wear for Halloween.

    Beatrice | The Bliss Bean

  4. SherryR says:

    can you please tell me how the back star piece was made and what materials used?

    • Keiko Lynn says:

      We used the base of butterfly wings and attached our own wires (thick steel). My sister and our friend made it!

      • Emily says:

        This is brilliant! I’m planning on doing this for my Halloween costume this year! How did you attach the wires to the base of the butterfly wings?