Thoroughly Modern Millie (2013) - Costumes



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Number of Pieces: 1

Fabric and Trim:

  • Bodice: unknown synthetic machine lace
  • Sleeves and Skirt: polyester chiffon
  • Lining: polyester plain weave fabric
  • Underskirt: polyester damask
  • Flowers: unknown synthetic fabric
  • Large flower: nylon tulle and polyester mesh

Construction Techniques/Design Aspects:

  • Machine stitched
  • Scoop neckline
  • Layered circle sleeves
  • Dropped waistline
  • 3-tiered skirt
  • Center-back zipper
  • Handmade fabric flowers


  • Bust: 37 3/4 inches (approx.)
  • Waist: 35 3/8 inches (approx.)
  • Hips (7" below waist): 43 inches (approx.)
  • Back Length: 41 inches

Designer's Statement

The grand musical Thoroughly Modern Millie is a celebration of the 1920’s in America. Life, love and the pursuit of husband drive Millie Dillmount into the early feminist movement in the United States. Mounted for the 2012 Boise State Theatre Arts Department spring musical this production borrows from the 1967 film of the same name. The costumes created for this production reflect the sprit of 1922 fashion while also lending an element of fantasy. Bold colors, geometric patterns and textures help to create the storybook New York City of 1922. Because early 20th century fashion did all but glorify the female figure we chose to combine the trimmer silhouette most often found in the 1930’s with that of the dropped waist and patterns of the 1920’s. This intentional distortion of period, patterns and colors give the audience a visually pleasing world which allows for ease of movement while serving the campy nature of the outrageous story.


© Darrin Pufall, 2013. Photo Credit: Kimberly A. Holling, 2016.



Roaring Twenties, 1920s, costumes, musical theatre