I thought I’d never be asking this question again. No…I just can’t let it go…and I might have been willing to accept that the original as seen in the movie was an iridescent fabric between peach and lavender, appearing lavender or peach in certain light/movement – but I’m not sorry for revisiting colors and dresses. I find it ironic that I give Tonner such a hard time for accuracy; and yet, I have experienced what may have been something they have encountered many times over…I guess we all have our lessons to learn in life, no? Be that as it may, We recently came across this image of a gown that supposedly was THE actual dress used in the film. The dress was up for auction, and I also understand that colors can fade; even the bow, which seemed much darker in many images, seems to have suffered over time. Now compare this to the record album cover for The King and I:
Which probably led an illustrator of this paperdoll to a conclusion:
The only thing that throws me off in the album cover image is that the King’s costume seems very muted – a garnet tone – and it was a brighter shade of royal red in the film – but I’m not making his costume. I believe that the original dress was, in fact, pale copper – and it’s all about light and the way the light played on the copper-ish gown, casting a bit of blue and lavender hues, making it appear to be iridescent (perhaps that was the intent of the filmmakers). The image shown in this costuming book along with the sketch is true to the copper color described in the auction piece:
No matter how you remember the gown, I still feel we made the right choice in capturing this moment…kinda like Sleeping Beauty‘s gown, no? What color was that dress?