Bandage Bodycons and Dirndl Dresses in Miss Congeniality (2000)
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Welcome back to the show! We’re kicking off our new era as Makeover Montage with a real gem: Miss Congeniality. The 2000 comedy stars our girl Sandra Bullock as a special agent who has to step into the (high) heels of a beauty pageant contestant to track down a serial bomber. Costume design is by Susie DeSanto (13 Going on 30, Bad Girls, Nashville). We talk about the famous lavender Hervé Léger bandage dress that Sandra wears the moment she transforms into Gracie Lou Freebush, as well as other favorite looks like her dirndl dress and business boudoir, kill-your-husband robe. Other topics include the epic, military-level makeover montage scene and pageant secrets. Plus, Marie guesses Gracie’s zodiac sign for our new segment, and Blaire talks about her obsession with Make it Mini foods. 

Sources and further reading:

Popsugar: 10 Pageant-Perfect Facts You Never Knew About Miss Congeniality

Glamour: The History of the Bandage Dress, From 1994 to Now

Episodes mentioned in this podcast:

Makeover Montage: Bad Girls episode 

Makeover Montage: 13 Going on 30 episode

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