Tuesday 13 May 2014

Norma Shearer and 'That' Dress

Norma Shearer’s clothes became a sensation in the Precode era similar to the outrage and trends created from Gloria Swanson’s almost obsessive love for fashion. Nothing coursed more of a stir than her famous nearly see-through silken dresses in A Free Soul. Everyone in Hollywood seemed to have an opinion. Check out these quotes on films the original that dress.  

“Damn, the dame doesn’t wear any underwear in her scenes. Is she doing that in the interests of realism or what?”

Clark Gable

“Her clothes are breathtaking in their daring. But you couldn’t get away with them in your drawing room.”

“It was a form-fitting dress of white satin without a stitch on underneath…It out-Harlowed anything Jean ever put on her back.”
Hedda Hopper

Norma Shearer’s Reply:

“Somehow or other I always got myself rigged up in something sensational.”


“It is impossible to get anything made or accomplished without stepping on some toes; enemies are inevitable when one is a doer.”


“The morals of yesterday are no more. They are as dead as the day they were lived. Economic independence has put woman on exactly the same footing as man.”


  1. That dress would never have been allowed after the code came in. I wonder what it was like to see it in person.

  2. I totally vote for women empowerment but what I feel is that woman on the same step as man give men more chances of ogling at woman. Woman are precious and they should act like it.

  3. Sometimes women are used in a weired way in movies which i really don't like. Women are not a thing to be just displayed. They can do many things just like men.

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