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Funeral Gowns -- Gotta Go in Style

From Entertainment Online UK/Ireland:

"Anna Nicole Smith is set to bow out in style in a gown created by her favourite dressmaker.

If a judge in Florida gives the former Playboy model's remains to her companion Howard Stern, she will wear a frock by Beverly Hills designer Pol' Atteu in her open casket.

Atteu's partner Patrick Simpson would not describe the dress but told the New York Daily News: "He knew how to accentuate every one of her sexy curves."

Today I heard in the morning radio that yes, indeed, Anna Nicole will be buried in a gorgeous gown that her designer friend made especially for her funeral. The show went on and on about the dress and kickass funeral details.

I am highly amused in a morbid sort of way.

Didn't they refer to her corpse last week as a "rapidly decomposing body"? If it was going bad in the fridge a week ago, I cannot imagine what the poor thing looks like now. And it must be pretty ripe since the morning show added that the casket would not be open. I guess that an open casket would stink up the neighborhood for weeks.

I pity the fool who will have to dress her up in her designer gown.

Then again, maybe 500 years from now someone will dig her up to study the costuming styles of the early 21st Century, much to the delight of reenactors.

Can't say that she did not make a contribution to world culture.



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Mar. 2nd, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
Actually what they typically do is slit the back of the clothes to go on the corpse and then they pretty much drap it over the body and tuck it underneath.

Don't ask me how I know that.
Mar. 2nd, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
That makes a lot of sense. It will still be a pretty ripe body though.
Mar. 2nd, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
I think I read that the judge ordered her embalmed the other week, although I'm terribly embarrassed to admit that I know that.
Mar. 4th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
I think that this is the ultimate guilty pleasure for many of us.

Until the next one, that is :-D
Mar. 4th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
At least I have an excuse for this one - I was in Atlanta at the CNN Center, which is CNN headquarters as well as a hotel/meeting place, when the judge announced his decision - it was broadcast on Headline News on a ginormous screen in the food court area when I was eating dinner.
Mar. 2nd, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
They also mentioned she would be buried with a fairly expenxive Tiara too!!!....
Hmm what would re-enactors of the 21st cent do??Football? soccer ?Mock submarine wars??
Mar. 2nd, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
Wow. Let's just hope that some enterprising soul does not dig her up before her time to lay his paws on the tiara. That's a fine period tradition, dating from the time of the Egyptians.
Mar. 3rd, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
We had a client from the Manassas museums who told us about some poor civil war soldier who got dug up for his buckles and buttons recently, and because he'd had some proto-embalming when he was buried, he was mistaken for a recent corpse when he turned up in the river. (Fortunately they did sort out where he came from and put him back in his nice lead box to rebury him.)

After five hundred years, though, she *ought* to have got over being gooey. And a lot of her dress will probably be gone, too. Unless it's synthetic, of course.
Mar. 4th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
I am almost positive that the dress was made of the finest polyester . . . so there's hope for us there.

And imagine that. They dug up that poor soul for his buttons. What will people do for a tiara? Let's just hope that it wasn't a Wal-Mart one.

(But it would be funny.)
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