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Peter O’Brien & the original Fair Lady

OR: Just you wait ‘enry ‘iggins, Just you wait.

Hey All!

Long time. So let’s get to it. There’s a few posters around town for the latest production on at the Abbey Theatre, George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. Apparently being show at the Abbey for the first time in its history, which is hard to believe.

As a lover of a good rags-to-riches story and the fact that My Fair Lady (the musical based on Pygmalion) is one of my all time faves, I was already pretty keen on seeing the original play.

Then I heard that Peter O’Brien is the costume designer; talk about a perfect collaboration. Peter O’Brien’s collections are quintessentially classically feminine; the fabrics and cuts he uses illustrate his ability to understand and enhance the female body to it’s most elegant. Skills I can only presume he learnt / honed when working at design houses like Givenchy and Dior in the early 80’s.

I am yet to see either the production (it opened tonight) or the costumes and I can only presume both are stunning.

Here is a couple of promo shoots from the Abbey Theatre‘s production:

Charlie Murphy in the Abbey Theatre production of Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw.  Directed by Annabelle Comyn. Pic. Ros Kavanagh

Charlie Murphy and Fiona Bell in Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw.  Directed by Annabelle Comyn. Pic. Ros Kavanagh

Seeing as it’s Audrey Hepburn’s Birthday today, it would be rude not to post a couple of costume photos from the 1964 film right?

Promo Shot

Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle on-set

Rex Harrison as Prof. Henry Higgins & Hepburn as Eliza

The famous black &  White At the Races dress

Eliza with Jeremey Brett as the lovesick Freddy Enysford-HillImage via the Alt Film Guide

In the Study

The Embassy Ball Gown, (The dress that I actually prefer to the iconic Races dress)

The Embassy Ball gown in detail

Rex Harrison & Audrey Hepburn on set in their Ball finery

After the Ball

I’m really intrigued to see how Peter O’Brien interprets these outfits. All Suffragettes and diamonds I hope.

In case you’re in any doubt as to the magnificence of My Fair Lady:

Yours,

Whisty Xx

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3 Responses to “Peter O’Brien & the original Fair Lady”


  1. May 4, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks for sharing the gorgeous pics. Haven’t seen the movie in ages and tempted to get tickets for Pygmalion too. If you like the Embassy ball gown have a look at her costumes from the 1956 version of War and Peace. Lots of beautiful empire line dresses and gorgeous costumes throughout.

    • May 4, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      Oh good lord in heaven above! I just did. They are wonderful. There is no other word!
      Thanks so much for bringing that to my attention Sinead… ( and people prattle on about Tiffany’s! The mind boggles!!)
      Xx


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