I bet you said “Ethel Mertz,” right? Well, that is correct. About a month ago I was watching I Love Lucy on TVLand, when I though Ethel’s dress looked familiar. When she turned around and I saw the Swirl button and the way it wrapped on the diagonal, I knew. It was this dress from 1951:
Or actually the striped one. Since I spotted it, I’ve noticed Ethel wearing other Swirls, including the solid colored one on the left. Considering how cheap she always claimed Fred was, Ethel sure had a lot of $9 housedresses!
Wouldn’t it be great to have a list of all the clothing lines that were worn in these vintage TV shows? Sometimes I’ll see a dress line mentioned in the credits at the end of a show, but usually there is only a reference to the costumer. And I HATE how TVLand scrunches up the credits so they can sneek in a commercial while they are running.