Thoroughly Modern Millie (2013) - Costumes



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Number of Pieces: 1

Fabric and Trim:

  • Bodice: Main - polyester chiffon; Contrast - polyester tulle, unknown sequined synthetic fabric, and ruffled trim
  • Skirt: Main - polyester chiffon; Contrast - polyester organza
  • Lining: unknown synthetic fabric
  • Neck Strap and Flower: sequined ribbon trim

Construction Techniques/Design Aspects:

  • Machine stitched
  • Halter dress
  • Center front bodice panel composed of four layers including lining fabric and trim
  • Multi-layered skirt
  • Dropped waistline
  • Center-back zipper


  • Bust: 40 inches (approx.)
  • Waist: 37 inches (approx.)
  • Hips: 42 inches (approx.)
  • Front length from base of neck: 40 1/2 inches
  • Back length: 34 1/2 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