Irene Lenz "Virginia Fisher"

Irene Lentz - Worked for seven years, from 1942, as executive costume designer for MGM, succeeding Adrian. During that time Irene designed for over 50 films, as well as supervising the personal wardrobes of top stars. She became world-famous for her "soufflé creations," but is probably best remembered for Lana Turner's outfits in THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1946), notably Turner's entrance costume of turban, midriff blouse and "hot pants" (the first time the latter had been worn on screen).

She hired Virginia Fisher, the artist,  to paint  for her costume designer.

Irene was married to screenwriter Eliot Gibbons, brother of Cedric Gibbons, the supervising art director of MGM (whose influence helped land Irene there after she had been discovered by his wife, Dolores Del Rio). When her contract with MGM ended, she opened her own fashion house and was the first leading costume designer to have boutiques inside department stores throughout the US. She committed suicide in 1962.

Nominated for Costume Design (Black & White) 1948: B.F.'S DAUGHTER
Nominated for Costume Design (Color) 1960: MIDNIGHT LACE

 

 

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Two Pomeranians

Grey dress with dogs: Vintage signed and numbered hand colored lithograph from 1947 movie The Easter Parade staring Judy Garland and Ann Miller. 

 

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Black Fox Stoll

Black Dress with umbrella and fur stole: Vintage signed and numbered hand colored lithograph from 1947 movie The Easter Parade staring Judy Garland and Ann Miller. 

 

White Poodle

Black and white dress with poodle: Vintage signed and numbered hand colored lithograph from 1947 movie The Easter Parade staring Judy Garland and Ann Miller.

 

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Organza with Birds

Grey flowing Dress with umbrella and hat: Vintage signed and numbered hand colored lithograph from 1946 movie The Great Sinner staring Ava Gardner and Gregory Peck.  This gorgeous gray and white flowing dress trimmed with hummingbirds and flowers was designed for Ava Gardner for the love scene in the carriage.

 

Red Evening

Red Dress: Vintage signed and numbered hand colored lithograph from 1946 movie The Good Old Summertime staring Judy Garland. This beautiful red flowing dress was designed for Judy Garland to wear in the movie.

 

 

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Three Shades of Grey

Grey dress with white umbrella: Vintage signed and numbered hand colored lithograph from 1946 movie The Good Old Summertime staring Judy Garland.

 

Velvet Draped Shirt

Black and White Ball Gown: Vintage signed and numbered hand colored lithograph from 1948 movie The Great Sinner staring Ava Gardner and Gregory Peck.

 

Grey Fox

Grey flowing Dress fur and bonnet: Vintage signed and numbered hand colored lithograph from 1946 movie The Great Sinner staring Ava Gardner and Gregory Peck. This grey flowing dress with fur trimming was designed for Ava Gardner for arrival on the train.

 

Black Taffeta

Black Evening Dress with Two Flowers: Vintage signed and numbered hand colored lithograph from 1946 movie The Hucksters staring Deborah Kerr and Gregory Peck.

 

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Midriff Cutout

White dress with silver: Vintage signed and numbered hand colored lithograph from 1947 movie B.F.'s Daughter staring Barbara Stanwyck. Silver "beading" is hand done on top of the hand colored lithograph.

 

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White Coat

Red dress with white coat: Vintage signed and numbered hand colored lithograph from 1946 movie The Good Old Summertime staring Judy Garland.  This coat was designed to wear over the red dress for Judy Garland to wear in the movie.

 

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Lace Bustle

White evening dress with silver: Vintage signed and numbered hand colored lithograph from 1946 The Song of the Thin Man staring Myrna Loy. Silver "beading" is hand done on top of the hand colored lithograph. This dress was designed for Myrna Loy to wear in the movie.

Each  Lithograph  is signed by Virginia Fisher and The Producer and Director of the movie, all the pieces are mounted on cardboard and wrapped in clear plastic for protection, and Certificate of Authenticity on the back of each piece.

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