Inspired by Lost Horizon

August 3, 2018 § 2 Comments

Olivia Hussey in Lost Horizon (1973) Image: Pinterest.

Olivia Hussey has an autobiography out, reminding us of a legendary bomb: the musical Lost Horizon. Naturally, there was a pattern tie-in.

Ross Hunter’s Lost Horizon (1973) was adapted from James Hilton’s bestselling novel about Shangri-La, with costumes by the great Jean Louis.

Lost Horizon illustrated movie poster by Howard Terpning

Lost Horizon poster by Howard Terpning. Image: eBay.

There had been another Lost Horizon, in the 1930s, but it didn’t have music by Burt Bacharach.

Lost Horizon original soundtrack on vinyl - music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David

Lost Horizon original soundtrack LP. Image: eBay.

McCall’s released at least ten patterns in its Lost Horizon-inspired series. The film opened in March, but the patterns came out later in the year. Two Carefree and Extra-Carefree styles from the series in the Fall 1973 Carefree catalogue:

3739 and 3700

Lost Horizon-inspired designs in McCall’s Carefree Home Catalog, Fall 1973. Image: Etsy.

The pattern envelopes bear a tiny version of the film graphics.

Did the hippie trail reach Tibet? Some of the Lost Horizon-inspired patterns look like contemporary western clothing, but most nod to Jean Louis’ fantasia of traditional Tibetan dress, textiles, and embellishment.

1970s McCall's 3701

McCall’s 3701 (1973) Image: Vintage Patterns Wiki.

McCalls 3679

McCalls 3679 (1973) Image: Etsy.

McCall’s 3684 (1973) Image: Vintage Patterns Wiki.

1970s McCall's 3697

McCall’s 3697 (1973) Image: Etsy.

Of the two designs for men and women, this robe was the most popular. The men’s and women’s caftan came with its own embroidery transfers.


McCall’s 3738 (1973) Image: Vintage Patterns Wiki.

1970s Lost Horizon inspired men's and women's caftan pattern, McCall's 3685

McCall’s 3685 (1973) Image: Etsy.

Unfortunately there’s no pattern for Hussey’s saffron robes.

Olivia Hussey's saffron robes in Lost Horizon (1973) via the Fuck Yeah Olivia Hussey tumblr

Olivia Hussey’s saffron robes in Lost Horizon (1973) Image: Pinterest.

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§ 2 Responses to Inspired by Lost Horizon

  • Nancy S says:

    I can’t believe that I’m actually writing in public that I’m a fan of this bomb of a movie and own the DVD! I didn’t remember the McCalls pattern tie in so thanks for posting them.

  • Natasha says:

    Those are kind of rad, actually. Thanks for posting!

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