Ceil Chapman, Like The Marchesa Of 1950
Xtina isn’t the only good thing to come out of Staten Island. Witness Sophie Dahl’s winning cocktail number at last night’s Golden Globes. Sourced at Decades, the platinum, bugle-beaded dress was designed by Ceil Chapman, who was known, in her day, as Marilyn Monroe’s favorite designer. The native New Yorker created one of the gowns worn by Monroe for her very first performance for a live audience—entertaining the U.S. troops in Korea. Beloved by Hollywood beauties like Elizabeth Taylor and Deborah Kerr, Chapman was a sort of Marchesa of the fifties and early sixties. [Ed.’s note: Maybe she was a distant relation to Georgina?] Although it was Drew Barrymore who most overtly channeled Marilyn on the red carpet with her poofy ‘do, we’re guessing that Sophie, in her shimmy-ready dress, didn’t have too many Dahl, er, dull, moments.