Belle Brezing and the Gilded Age of the Bluegrass

Belle Brezing and the Gilded Age of the Bluegrass

venue: documentary film

date: 2016-17 (filming)

Director: Douglas High

 

This subject of this film is Belle Brezing. She was a prostitute and madam during the late 19th and early 20th century in Lexington, KY now known to be the basis for Belle Watling in Margaret Mithchell’s Gone With The Wind. My involvement as Costume Designer and Associate Producer took place over three days. Day #1 shoot was done in Frankfort at the Frankfort History Center. Day #2 shoot was done at Ashland, the home of Henry Clay and finally on a Lexington street. I created approximately 25 costumes for various characters including Belle, a maid, some of her ladies and guests at the opening of 59 Megowan Street. A mother and daughter on a Lexington street and various others looks for Belle. This was my first effort at costume for film. It currently airs on Kentucky Educational Television and is available on DVD.