Every time I come across Grease on TV, I have to watch it. I enjoy every second of it … the songs, skinny John Travolta, the Pink Ladies, the cigarettes that the bad kids smoke. Back when it was first released (yes, I was alive then), I wanted to be bad-ass like Rizzo (Stockard Channing) but look like Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) when she dresses all sex-ay at the end. In fact, I’m pretty sure that Grease kickstarted my enduring love for biker jackets and shiny leggings.
Nowadays, I’m amazed that I didn’t know the real sex kitten of the movie was luscious 19-year-old Dinah Manoff as Marty Maraschino. I guess her dialogue with dance-contest judge Vince Fontaine went right over my head:
Vince: Hi, I’m Vince Fontaine, I’m judging the dance contest.
Marty : I don’t think I’m entered.
Vince : A knockout like you? What’s your name?
Marty : Marty.
Vince : Marty what?
Marty : Maraschino. You know, as in cherry.
Yeah, I didn’t get that cherry line when I was 10, but I appreciate it now. Another thing that I appreciate these days is a good butt bow. During a Grease viewing last year, I could have sworn I saw a butt bow on Rizzo’s red-and-black polka dot dance-contest dress. I scoured the Internets looking for a good shot to no avail until I stumbled upon Chris Laverty’s Clothes on Film blog. He didn’t have Rizzo’s dress in his Grease post but, when I emailed him, he sent back multiple screen caps of Rizzo’s behind.
Hmm! It’s not a pronounced butt bow like the one on my vintage Guy Laroche dress …
… but I think we can safely call Rizzo’s adornment an “ass corsage.”
Check out Grease if you’ve never seen it — or even if you’ve seen it dozens of times like me — and tell me that Marty isn’t the the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen in a strapless dress. And if you’re looking for good information on movie costuming, go to Clothes on Film. Chris is your man!