Drop Dead Gorgeous

Beauty is pain! This darkly-comedic documentary short follows the nineteenth century socialites who died for fashion. From archduchesses to ballerinas, cage crinolines and highly-flammable fabrics left ladies walking matchsticks.

  • Jess Braden Cruz
    Meanwhile in Paradise
  • Kaitlyn Mei Lin Chang
    Meanwhile in Paradise
  • Sydney Mahealani Stevenson
    Key Cast
    "Archduchess Mathilde Marie Adelgunde Alexandra"
    Meanwhile in Paradise
  • Tara Badawi
    Key Cast
    "Emma Livry"
  • Sofia Linnea Brege
    Key Cast
    "Eliza Pennelegion"
  • Cole Young
    Key Cast
    "Prince Umberto I"
  • Mara Jessilyn Goldstein
    Key Cast
    "Marie Geistinger"
  • Amelia Burton
    Key Cast
    "Josephine Dodge"
  • Jess Braden Cruz
    Key Cast
    "Gustav Jager / Narrator"
  • Kaitlyn Mei Lin Chang
    Key Cast
    "Frau von dear Grober/ Margherita of Savoy / Victoria Smyth"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Historical, Fashion, European History, Dress History
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 25, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    80 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - ‘Iolani School
  • INDIEYOUTH Shorts Festival
    Tuscon, Arizona
    United States
    April 30, 2022
    Official Selection
Director - Jess Braden Cruz