A publicist suggested that the contraption would have been devised by on-set carpenters as a recliner that helped Hepburn keep her suit crease-free. It’s impossible to verify, as anyone who worked on the 1951 film has passed away, but really, how clever!
Considering all the film lore about costumes so tight that they had to be sewn onto actresses, (Marilyn Monroe’s little black dress in Some Like it Hot, Olivia Newton-John’s black leggings in Grease), this makes brilliant sense.
What other wardrobe-mistress innovations don’t we know about? And can we get one of these for our tube journeys?
The Lavender Hill Mob has been restored for re-release in selected cinemas today.