~The Iron Strain~
1915
~Louise Glaum in her very famous Spider
Gown~
~From The Sante Fe New Mexican~
March 25, 1916
Sante Fe, New Mexico
~LOUISE GLAUM'S "SPIDER GOWN" ONLY ONE OF ACTRESS'
REMARKABLE COSTUMES~
"Yes, I designed them myself - all but one," admitted Louise Glaum. About
her in her dressing room at the Culver City studio where Triangle-Ince films
are made, where an even dozen of most original creations. And the
newly-made star, who was seen to such advantage in "The Iron Stain," is
wearing them all in her new picture - the one that shortly is to introduce her
to stardom.
"I have another 'vampire' part in this piece, but it is quite different from the
dance hall girls I have been playing with Mr. Hart," she said. "Of course there
are many types of the vampire woman - which people don't always
understand - and there is just as much chance to individualise them as there
is with other kinds of character parts.
"Designing a gown means to me what painting a picture must mean to an
artist, for there is art in both of them - a problem in expression. One must
plan to get into a garment the high-light of gaiety and the deep shadows of
sorrow. And the problem goes much further. The very mood of some must
be caught in the gown worn in it.
"In this play, for instance, I am suppose to be a spiderish sort of person with
a penchant for flies. So to aid in luring them to my web I wear this spider
gown. Isn't it clever?" The interviewer duly went into raptures. "That is the
one I didn't design," continued Miss Glaum, thus bringing the interviewer
back to earth with a dull thud. "A sketch was submitted that was so spidery I
despaired of being able to do as well and gladly followed. These strands and
tiny back beads across the front of the bodice represent the web. While it is
all very simple, it screams wonderfully.
"That is one serious limitation we who are working on the screen feel
keenly. We get no colors in the picture. Yet, I always work out the color
scheme just as if it were for the stage. On the screen it comes out in black,
white and tones of grey. So one must get the desired effect with tone and
lines and textures that will photograph.
"More's the pity, there are wonderful chances for colors, too, in part like
this. Here for instance is my peacock gown. You notice that these are real
peacock feathers. There are dozens of them worked into the costume. It fits
a certain part of the play exactly; and I am very proud of it."
The interviewer had been gazing admiringly at the costume Miss Glaum was
wearing. It was a daring juxtaposition of delicate green and pale pink chiffon
that half-revealed, through filmy Turkish trouseretes, the lines of the
rounded figure in exquisitely flowing lines.
The pretty star caught the look and laughed a silvery pearl of mirth.
"This is a little negligee for some scenes in the wonderful Oriental room they
have set up. You must see that room. It's on number three stage. There is
shockingly little of this costume - but isn't it deliciously wicked?"
There were more gowns to be examined and the interviewer, being female
too, was on the tip-toe of expectancy, but just at that moment the usual
interruption came. A knock and "On the set, please. Miss Glaum."
Hastily she gave a touch here and a dab there to her make-up and with a
cheery, "Come along over and see my gorgeous spider-web," she sped
across the lot to the big glass stage and the camera.
Directed by: Reginald Barker

Written by: C. Gardner Sullivan - scenario
~Cast~

Dustin Farnum ...  'Chuck' Hemingway
Enid Markey ...  Octavia Van Ness
Charles K. French ...  Ezra Whitney
Louise Glaum ...  Kitty Molloy
Truly Shattuck ...  Mrs. Van Ness
Joseph J. Dowling ...  Justice of the Peace (as Joseph Dowling)
Nigura Eagle Feather ...  Emma
Joe Goodboy ...  Joe
Louis Morrison ...  Dance Hall Proprietor
Counter
~From Piqua Leader-Dispatch~
October 12, 1916
Piqua, Ohio
...I have been told that a dress called the "spider gown" make people gasp.
because it is slashed across the front diagonally, the black velvet being
contrasted with white silk overlaid with a net spider web and spider. It has
caused some startled comment.  I hold that this is simply because it is
unusual, and not because it is indecorous...Louise Glaum