For fans of Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, Easter Parade, the 1948 musical extravaganza, is a must-see. First off, there is the score by Irving Berlin, where audiences are treated to timeless tunes like "Steppin' Out with My Baby" and "Easter Parade." Then there are the fanciful costumes designed by Irene Gibbons, which only enhance the buoyancy and pure joy that make this film a classic.
The floral bonnets and playful ensembles are almost characters in themselves; they set the tone for this feel-good film. From Garland’s robin egg blue gown to Anne Miller’s canary yellow opera gloves, we fall in love with every gesture made, every song sung because the visuals are so captivating. Gibbons definitely understood what she was doing, because what would an Easter parade be without our favorite pastel hues and colorful prints?
Aside from the sacrament of Eucharist, Easter is a celebration of springtime frivolity, where egg hunts and garden parties run aplenty. Get into the spirit and outfit your own leading lady (your daughter) in a sweet Easter dress. And it just so happens that some of our favorite childrenswear lines are offering some of the cutest pieces just in time for the holiday.
There is Busy Bees' Ava Dress, which is "is sweet yet sophisticated with its turquoise floral print and white Peter Pan collar," says Shannon Spotswood, the co-founder of the brand. Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren and Stella McCartney also follow suit, nodding to the charm associated with Easter Parade.
Click through the slideshow of dresses over at Elizabeth Street: Take Some Style Cues From Easter Parade With These Cute Spring Dresses
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