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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Now that my Patrick Kelly dress — previously declared by WWD to be a fashion disaster — went over so well at the IFB Dress-Up Soiree, I feel emboldened to pursue the gown of my dreams. And that, my friends, is the drapery dress, complete with curtain rods, worn by Carol Burnett in her role as Starlett O’Hara in “Went With the Wind.” What, you don’t think I could pull this off?


Starlett O'Hara impressing Rat Butler with the greatest gown of all time.

Whether you were too young to have seen the Carol Burnett show the first time around or you haven’t seen this classic skit in 30-something years, you owe it to yourself to watch it now. Vicki Lawrence as Sissy is my favorite. The gown bit comes at about 3:20 in the second clip. Enjoy!

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36 Responses to ““I Saw It in the Window and I Just Couldn’t Resist It””

  1. Alicia says:

    If anyone can pull off that dress, it’s you.

    And I just saw Carol Burnett on an episode of Law and Order: SVU. It was a very disturbing one…

  2. I heart the dress you’re wearing in the earlier post. And the second video 😀

  3. jowy says:

    I knuwwwwwwwwwwwww, totally feeling ya grl! That show is hilarious!

    One Love,

  4. I love it…! Of course you can pull this outfit off, curtain rods and everything – just be careful so as to not smack people in their faces! It reminds me of Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Secretary”, but not as mousy and un-stylish of course!

  5. I LOVE Carol Burnett, she is the best! PS – There’s an award over at ESD for you xxx lots of love xxx

  6. miss sophie says:

    lol this is hilarious! i remember watching GWTW for the first time at like the age of 10 and being utterly in awe and confused all at the same time.

  7. Sally says:

    This is, hands down, my favorite Carol Burnett bit. And that’s saying something. She’s a flippin’ genius, if you ask me.

    And yes, if anyone could pull off the drapery dress, it’s YOU!

  8. I should be too young to have seen the Carol Burnett show, but I have seen it, I loved it (reruns) when I was a kid, and my most memorable halloween costume ever was Carol Burnett (wig, bathrobe) none of the kids got it, but the grown-up’s all gave me extra candy that year.

  9. Lexie says:

    I’ve seen this skit! It is tooo funny.

  10. Amanda says:

    You could definately pull off that dress. If you can pull off a skin tight leopard print dress then this one should be a cinch.

    Great episode of Carol Burnett. I loved that show. Ah nostalgia…how great it is.

  11. K-Line says:

    I love that skit. Just looking at this photo made me snicker!

  12. Miss Janey says:

    One of Miss J’s favorite sketches of ALL TIME. She’d like to see WendyB rock this look, but with the “one shoulder” that is so signature WendyB.

  13. Carol Burnett is a comedic genius!

    Love the new profile pic, btw!


  14. Sher says:

    I’ll never forget this one….almost pee’d my pants back then. (oh too much info…)

  15. Rosie says:

    Now that you have mentioned this, you do really need to find that dress.

  16. Midtown Girl says:

    Love Carol Burnett – so awesome of you to remind us of her comedic genius!!


  17. jennine says:

    that is one of my all time favorite carol burnette skits ever!


    i draped myself in curtains for a long time after seeing that…

    you have to get it.

  18. Ela says:

    Oh I NEED to see that dress on you!

    Left you an award today, because you my dear, are fabulous :)

  19. eyeliah says:

    haha! I’m a bit young for it but watched on reruns withmy fam when I was young. :-)

  20. Jill Pilgrim says:

    Dude, you could totally pull it off! :)

  21. Bex says:

    Oh, that skit is BRILLIANT!!! I never get tired of watching it!

  22. Tessa Scoffs says:

    CB was genius! I actually saw that skit BEFORE ever seeing GWTW. Somehow the original never quite measured up to the “homage.”

  23. You. Go. Girl. ::nods::

  24. That skit is great!! loved it. Hope all is well gorgeous

  25. Hilarious! Every time I need a smile, I know what blog to visit. :)

  26. enc says:

    Oh boy, more memory lane! I used to watch this show back when it was in production, and there were new episodes. Why isn’t ALN or Nick at Nite running the reruns?

    Back then, this would have gone over my head, because I hadn’t yet seen the movie. I didn’t see GWTW until about ten years ago, can you imagine?

    And I wanted that drape dress, too.

  27. Casual Cutie says:

    wow wow..i want to see that dress on you!!!!!!!!!

  28. Miss J says:

    The gown is fierce, miss Wendy. It’s like Rick Owens meets Alexander McQueen meets Bruno! lol. Can’t wait to see you in that! :) besos!

  29. Lenya Jones says:

    Man I miss that show. I heart her.

  30. I love those pieces from movies that you never forget. I had always wished I could find a long button-down like Uma Thurman’s in Pulp Fiction.

  31. Not only could you pull that off, but you’d look wonderful doing it.

    Now then… what sort of jewelry would you wear? Diamond studded drapery pulls?

  32. Lynette says:

    If anyone could carry of the drapery dress today, it would undoubtedly be you, WendyB. As far as accessories go, be sure to include strings and strings of those battery-operated tiny clear rice lights, on twinkle setting, ’cause my Mama always says, “Tacky is a tacky does!”

  33. Lynette says:

    Oh, shoot. I meant to say, “Tacky is as tacky does!” Well, I surely did illustrate tacky, though, didn’t I?

  34. Two things:

    1) The Consort is more convinced than ever you two are twins separated at birth (and by a few years), your photo of the Drapery Rod Dress is what did it, precisely his cup of tea. (For a post, not his wardrobe. Honestly. Heh-heh-heh.)

    2) With the word verification for today being ‘BERGDORF’ I am now convinced you are able to personally select or designate the word. Too cool.

    Grins & Giggles Miss Wendy,

    PS: The zipper dress is beyond darling on you.