I Love Lucy (1951-1957)
I Love Lucy has been delighting generations of viewers for more than sixty years. The show debuted on October 15, 1951 and was shot on three film cameras before a live studio audience. CBS had originally planned for the show to be aired live from New York. However, in addition to being extremely talented performers, Lucy and Desi proved shrewd as business partners.
Contrary to the wishes of network executives, I Love Lucy was produced on a Hollywood sound stage that grew to become Desilu Productions. The half-hour situation comedies were shot on film, with Desilu retaining ownership rights. Did I mention shrewd? The high-quality recordings demanded by Desi and the show’s cameraman, Karl Freund, have endured over six decades.
More importantly perhaps, they paved the road for lucrative reruns. Producers flocked to Desilu studios to capitalize on this new and successful template, creating iconic shows like Make Room for Daddy, The Untouchables, and Star Trek. I Love Lucy was one of the first shows to be syndicated, as well as one of the first to be released on VHS and DVD.
Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance, Desi Arnaz, William Frawley
Lucille Ball … Lucy Ricardo
Desi Arnaz … Ricky Ricardo
Vivian Vance … Ethel Mertz
William Frawley … Fred Mertz
I Love Lucy Costumes
These I Love Lucy costumes are based on some of the funniest of the 179 episodes that aired over six seasons. Do you have a favorite episode? I have too many favorites to settle for just one, but can’t look at a box of chocolates without remembering Lucy and Ethel as they worked along the conveyor belt at the candy factory. I Love Lucy costumes are always in style and are appropriate for all age ranges.
I Love Lucy
Polka Dot Dress
I Love Lucy Polka Dot Dress Costume
The officially licensed I Love Lucy costume includes a polyester polka dot dress, a white apron trimmed in red rickrack with imprinted insignia, and a white satin hair bow. For a sassier look, try the sassy Lucy costume which includes a dress, apron, hair bow, and wig.
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Lucy Does a TV Commercial
Original Air Date: May 5, 1952
I Love Lucy Vitameatavegamin Costume
Costume Includes Polyester Dress, Belt and Hat
Are you unpoopular? Do you pop out at parties? Spoon your way to health with Vitameatavegamin. This costume is based on an episode that often ranks #1 in I Love Lucy fan polls, Lucy Does a TV Commercial. Lucy has been hired to do a live endorsement on Ricky’s television special — without his consent of course. She’s hawking a tasty tonic that contains a liberal dose of alcohol. After several rehearsals, Lucy is not quite ready for prime time. Her facial expressions are priceless! This costume will definitely have people laughing as they remember one of Lucille Ball’s funniest performances.
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Original Air Date: September 15, 1952
Vivian Vance and Lucille Ball
I Love Lucy Candy Factory Costume
Officially Licensed I Love Lucy Costume Includes Light Pink Polyester Dress with Insignia, Belt, and Chef Hat
This would make a wonderful pairs costume, since Lucy and Ethel were partnered in this hilarious episode, Job Switching. Upset with their wives for spending too much money, Ricky and Fred switch roles with the girls. They handle the housework while Lucy and Ethel go to work in a candy factory. How do the career girls fare as they take positions beside the candy wrapping conveyor belt? Take a peek below.
Stylish Pink and White Apron
This beautiful apron would also be suitable for recreating Lucy and Ethel’s candy factory scene. It could be worn over a white or heather gray T-shirt and casual pants. The apron is made of soft 100% cotton and won’t tear or fade. Simply machine wash and tumble dry. The apron ties at the waist for a custom fit.
Pink and White Chef Hats
These professional quality chef hats are the perfect topper for a Lucy candy factory costume.
Lucy’s Famous Candy Scene
Season Two – Episode Four “Job Switching”
Be a Pal
Original Air Date: October 22, 1951
Let’s Rumba – Lucy and Ricky Ricardo
I Love Lucy Let’s Rumba Lucy and Ricky Costumes
This officially licensed Lucy costume includes a long ruffled skirt with attached bow, white satin top with colorful trim, and a delightful fruit headdress. Ricky’s costume includes a coordinating ruffled shirt, with black pants, a bow tie, and cummerbund.
The Many Faces of Lucy
Which Lucy Ricardo Will You Be for Halloween?
I Love Lucy Wigs
Auburn I Love Lucy Wig
The red I Love Lucy wig is an officially licensed costume accessory. You may also like the 100% synthetic fifties housewife wig, which is available in blonde or auburn.
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Lucy’s Italian Movie
Original Air Date: April 16, 1956
Lucy’s Italian Movie
There isn’t an officially licensed costume based on Lucy’s Italian Movie, but the look is still a popular choice for Halloween parties and wine harvest festivals. There were many funny episodes based on Ricky’s European Tour, but everyone remembers the large grape stomping vat and the antics therein. You can easily Make Your Own I Love Lucy Grape Stomping Costume from basic wardrobe pieces that are flattering to all body types.
I Love Lucy Makeup
Lucille Ball (I Love Lucy) Makeup Tutorial
Travel Back to the Fifties for a Glamorous Lucille Ball Look
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