Posts filed under "Costume Design & Film Fashion"

Screen Style: Barbara La Marr

Posted by Christina Stewart October 9, 2013 0 Comment 3705 views

The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful Barbara La Marr was one of those bright hot stars that burned out too quickly and was gone in a flash. La Marr’s career only lasted six years, but she packed those years as full as any actress of her time could. She worked for various studios, played opposite […]

The Phantom Hat: Phantom Lady (1944)

Posted by Christina Stewart October 2, 2013 0 Comment 3033 views

“Stick with me Snooks, and I’ll stake you to a carload of hats!” Phantom Lady is a film about a hat. Pure and simple. Two women wore it and a third woman tries to find it. Oh sure, the film is a noir classic about murder, but everything evolves around “The Phantom Lady Hat”. The […]

Gilda (1946): Rita Hayworth and Jean Louis

Posted by Christina Stewart September 25, 2013 1 Comment 11622 views

There NEVER was a woman like Gilda! Jean Louis’s costumes for Rita Hayworth in Gilda created an illusion of the perfect exotic femme fatale that not even Hayworth herself could live up to. She was quoted as saying many times over, “Men fell in love with Gilda, but they wake up with me.” Gilda is […]

Gwen Wakeling: Impeccable Designer

Posted by Christina Stewart September 18, 2013 1 Comment 4978 views

Even if you don’t know Gwen Wakeling’s name, you know the costumes and the films she designed for. She worked at nearly every studio in Hollywood and dressed almost every leading lady and man tinseltown ever produced. She was equally skilled with modern and exotic costumes, as she was with designing for black & white […]

Helen Rose: MGM’s Wedding and Chiffon Queen

Posted by Christina Stewart September 11, 2013 0 Comment 11514 views

Whether it was Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly or Jane Powell, MGM head designer Helen Rose loved dressing her leading ladies in chiffon. Who could blame her really? Even though it’s a difficult material to work with, Rose mastered it because she loved how it moved and picked up the light. She has become known for […]

Scarlett’s Gowns: Gone With The Wind Costume Restoration

Posted by Christina Stewart September 4, 2013 6 Comments 16377 views

Everything about Margaret Mitchell’s novel and David O. Selznick’s film Gone With The Wind is iconic. Walter Plunkett’s costumes for Vivien Leigh’s character, Scarlett O’Hara, are no exception. In 2010, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin embarked on a remarkable campaign to restore and conserve the costumes from the film […]

Adrian: The Women (1939)

Posted by Christina Stewart August 28, 2013 1 Comment 7493 views

The Women is a film all about men and fashion. There isn’t a man in sight, but the fashion is a feast for the eyes! It was adapted by screenwriting veterans Anita Loos and Jane Murfin, from the play by Clare Boothe Luce. The film has over 130 female roles, but the main players are […]

Marilyn Monroe and Her “Sisters”

Posted by Christina Stewart August 21, 2013 3 Comments 19527 views

The phenomenon that was Marilyn Monroe hit Hollywood in the 1950’s like a rocket and the era of the blonde bombshell was born. With television taking away box-office receipts, every studio needed to cash in with their own version of Marilyn. Some of Marilyn’s “sisters” included Jayne Mansfield, Mamie Van Doren, Barbara Nichols, Diana Dors, […]

Orry-Kelly: Les Girls (1957)

Posted by Christina Stewart August 14, 2013 0 Comment 4681 views

They’re the most vivacious…vexacious…flirtatious personalities in gay Paree! shouts the films tagline and it’s no exaggeration. Kay Kendall, Mitzi Gaynor, and Taina Elg are Les Girls in this delightfully dark musical comedy about truth. “What is Truth?” the film keeps asking, well it takes M-G-M Studio, director George Cukor, Gene Kelly, Jacques Bergerac, Leslie Phillips, […]

Cinematic Style: Evelyn Brent

Posted by Christina Stewart August 7, 2013 0 Comment 5880 views

Unless you’re a devotee of Josef von Sternberg’s films of the late 1920’s you probably haven’t heard of Evelyn Brent. More than likely you’ve seen images of her, for she was a striking beauty, but you just can’t seem to place her or remember who she was. Brent was a popular Paramount silent film star […]

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