Greta Garbo’s Paul Flato Jewels in ‘Two-Faced Woman’



George Cukor’s Two-Faced Woman might always be remembered as the movie so bad it made Greta Garbo give up acting in 1941. The romantic comedy, about a ski instructor who tries to trick her husband into believing she’s her own twin, was the Swedish beauty’s only unsuccessful film. But, boy, did she look marvelous in it. Cukor, who was reportedly more concerned with Woman’s costumes than its script, draped his leading lady head-to-knuckles in jewels by Hollywood “it” designer Paul Flato. She even wore two diamond brooches as “curls” in her hair. “You saw a lot of experimentation with jewelry during this time, and the clip brooch was so adaptable,” explains Elizabeth Irvine Bray, author of Paul Flato: Jeweler to the Stars. Garbo’s platinum pair was typical of Flato’s all-white, floral style in the late 1930s. “They have a sense of organic movement, which he quite liked,” Bray points out. “The sculpted leaves of the clips are so delicate and elegant.” Though the diva ditched movies after Woman, she didn’t drop Flato, whose work she continued to wear off-screen for years.