Friday, September 27, 2013

Who was the real Jessica Rabbit?

We all remember the iconic character of Jessica Rabbit in the American fantasy comedy film Who Killed Roger Rabbit? For a long time, people thought Jessica had been modeled after actress Veronica Lake, but the blog Messy Nessy Chic can now confirm that the character was in fact inspired by model Miss Vikki Dougan. This 1950s 'It Girl' was better known at the time by her nickname 'The Back', after her publicist launched her to fame by dressing her in some bespoke, outrageously low-backed designer dresses, which sent America's high society gossip columns in a frenzy.

You can check out the photos of Vikki Dougan yourself in the library's extensive collection of Life magazine editions either in the library's journal collection (or in the Mackintosh Library for editions before 1985) as well as on their online collection following this link (you may need to use your GSA login details if accessing this resource from home).