They tried a good many disguises that didn’t work. At first they put a cape around me – but that was no good. It still showed the curves and after all, the wind might blow! Then they tried putting a wide strap across my chest but that still didn’t hide anything. They tried a few other tricks until they decided to pad me. They put cotton padding above and beneath the bust. That gives me a straight line. To cover the hips I wear a short jacket that flares slightly. That’s necessary, too. A woman’s figure is different from a man’s – you certainly could tell a woman’s hips.
- Maureen O’Hara describing the challenges of disguising her as a boy in 1952′s At Sword’s Point