Pegee of Williamsburg

Gone With The Wind
Barbecue Party Dress


Barbecue Party Dress from Gone With The WindOriginal dress in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

“The barbecue dress from 'Gone With The Wind' is perhaps one of the most familiar costumes in the film world. The designer, Walter Plunkett, spent months traveling through the South to historical societies and private collections where he examined and sketched original costume pieces from the Civil War period. The green color used for the printed sprigs, a motif designed by Walter Plunkett, was chosen to enhance Miss Leigh's eyes. This dress was in a deplorable state in 1976 and the skirt had to be remade. New silk organza was printed with the original design and the reconstruction was supervised throughout by Mr. Plunkett himself. Following the restoration, it was donated to the Costume and Textile Department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Of the nearly 40,000 pieces in our collection, it is certainly the most visited item. The dress stands as a tribute to the genius of Walter Plunkett and the memory of one of the greatest motion pictures of all time.”

Edward Maeder
Textiles and Costumes
Los Angeles Museum of Art

Gone With The Wind Barbecue Party DressThe Barbecue Party Dress is one of the most familiar costumes in the film world. It is one of the most photographed dresses in Scarlett O'Hara's wardrobe.

The bodice is of floral printed organza, fitted snug to the body. The neckline is cut low, curving upward to the shoulder and finished with a neckline flounce with green velveteen ribbon weaving through.

The Skirt is composed of a lining, a skirt and floral printed overskirt, stitched together into the waist band.

The bodice and skirt are joined at the waistline with hook and eyelet closures.

The delicate bouquet of green floral design fabric is now available exclusively from Pegée® of Williamsburg, Patterns From Historie.

A green velveteen sash with a large bow in the back completes the ensemble.

floral bouquetIntroducing a delicate bouquet handpicked by Pegée® of Williamsburg, Patterns From Historie from the floral design on Scarlet O'Hara's Barbecue Party Dress from "Gone With The Wind". Design fashioned after the original in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Eleven (11) years of meticulous research has culminated in the creation of this stunning design. The original fabric was silk organza, hand silk screen printed. Only the amount of yardage required to make the Barbecue Party Dress was printed in 1938.

Eighteen (18) Yards of fabric, forty eight (48) inches wide ecru color polyester organza. Used to make the Bodice and ruffle neckline flounce and the Skirt composed of nine (9) gores pleated on the waistband.

Gone With The Wind Barbecue Party Dress

All other fabric and notions must be purchased elsewhere and are not available from this website:

  • The Lining of the Bodice and Skirt Lining are solid color ecru color taffeta
  • The Underskirt is solid color ecru polyester organza. (The original fabric - organza and taffeta - were silk.) The printed floral fabric is not available in silk.
  • All Ribbon Trim
  • Belt - green velvet fabric