Eleven is the exact number of shades used by art directors Hobe Erwin and Frederic Hope for MGM's film Dinner at Eight (1933). One of the first true films to chronicle the art of social climbing, director George Cukor.The thirties sets were significant as it marked a time in Hollywood film design known as the BWS - Big White Set. Also coined the "polar bear" or "white telephone look", white was the dominant color.
Helene Arpels 1939 | Born in Monte Carlo to Russian parents, Hélène Ostrowska was a fashion model whose elegance and grace had made a powerful impression on Paris and New York’s society. In 1933 married Louis Arpels. After WWII, they crossed the Atlantic when the Arpels family established Van Cleef & Arpels’ New York branch.
Jean Harlow wore this white satin, bias-cut gown in the 1933 classic, Dinner at Eight. It was such a fashion hit that the style became known as “The Jean Harlow Dress.” But Harlow was probably the only one who had to be sewn into it, sans underwear.