Jennifer Connelly as Princess Leia, McCall’s 7772 (1981)
Jennifer Connelly turned 50 this weekend.
Before she starred in films like
Labyrinth (1986) and A Beautiful Mind (2001), Connelly was a child model. As confirmed in a contemporary children’s magazine, she played Princess Leia on McCall’s official Star Wars pattern.
Jenny Connelly and her portfolio in Dynamite magazine, March 1982. Image: Click Americana.
Connelly can be seen on a handful of McCall’s patterns, as well as one or two Little Vogues from the early 1980s.
McCall’s 8010 (1982) Image: eBay.
Vogue 1314 (1984) Image: Vintage Pattern Wiki.
Happy birthday, Ms. Connelly!
Jennifer Connelly in Nicolas Ghesquière’s Balenciaga Spring 2008 campaign. Photo: David Sims. Image: Pinterest.
McCall’s 5567 (1977) Set of full colour iron-on transfers.
This Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march, in New York City, on the one-year anniversary of Stonewall.
Despite being headquartered in New York, the big pattern companies have an uneven record of celebrating Pride — at least visibly, on social media. In past years, I’ve tweeted about this silence.
A search for McCall’s + Pride yields this single tweet from 2018.
It’s not too late for the Big 4, and their new parent company IG Design Group, to show support for LGBTQ+ communities. And virtual Pride in London has only just begun.