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Greta Garbo in Gold Lamé | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Greta Garbo in Gold Lamé

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s friends has asked the question regarding the image in this week’s Whose Shoes Wednesday.

Does anyone know what movie she was in wearing those shinny boots.

It was in the magnificent and magnificently erotic Mata Hari.

And now, through the miracle of the YouTube, the Manolo can show you two scenes from Mata Hari.

First, the scene with the shiny boots in action..

And now, the entire movie summed up in the single brief scene. Be certain to watch until the last final moment to see Garbo at her magnificent best.

Ayyy! You may keep your modern, salaciously bared, cinematic breasts and give the Manolo the pre-Hays Code Garbo clad head to toe in golden lamé.

And now, below the fold, the comparison and contrastison, with the most recent media appearance of the gold leggings.

The Beyonce Bot

It is Beyonce, in Balenciaga’s infamous $100,000 gold leggings at 2007 BET Video Awards making reference not to Garbo, but to Metropolis.

Yes, it is magnificent in its own unsubtle way, but it is not Garbo.

3 Responses to “Greta Garbo in Gold Lamé”

  1. Heidi Aphrodite October 16, 2008 at 11:47 am #

    I love that costume so much! It was designed by Adrian and has thousands of bugle beads sewn onto it–it weighed 25 pounds!


  2. loozegear October 16, 2008 at 5:58 pm #

    $100,000 for the leggings does it come with a top!
    They look awesome so does she

  3. La BellaDonna October 16, 2008 at 7:01 pm #

    Hola to the Heidi Aphrodite! La BellaDonna, she too is the great admirer of the Adrian and his designs – as well as the Garbo, and the way she wore them!

    Those were in truth the glory days of the Hollywood design, and some of the most beautiful clothes of the 20th century were made there. It is appalling to realize that the talented ladies who beaded those gowns (and leggings, and boots) made less than the janitors at the film studios – because, after all, they were women.

    On a less august note, the sight of Garbo in that wonderful outfit reinforces La BellaDonna’s faith in the rightness of her own humble choice of boots for eveningwear – velvet boots, with a touch of gold embroidery and tiny metal spangles, with heels very like the ones that Garbo wears in Mata Hari!