Posts filed under "Costume Design & Film Fashion"

Gowns by Adrian!

Posted by Christina Stewart May 22, 2013 2 Comments 17212 views

Adrian was the first designer to use “Gowns by…” as a film credit. He was Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s head costume designer from 1928 to 1941. During this time he worked on over 250 films, designing outfits for some of Hollywood’s most beautiful and glamorous leading ladies. Adrian made Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Norma Shearer, and […]

Marlene Dietrich is Blonde Venus

Posted by Christina Stewart May 15, 2013 3 Comments 12227 views

What a film! The Blonde Venus (1932) is one of the noteworthy films in the creative menage-a-trios of Josef von Sternberg, Marlene Dietrich and Travis Banton. Together they made seven films at Paramount Pictures, this being their fourth, and in the process turned Dietrich into a cinematic icon. These films have a tendency to run […]

The Great Gatsby: 90 Years of Cinematic Fashion

Posted by Christina Stewart May 8, 2013 6 Comments 30282 views

It’s hard to believe that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby is almost 90 years young!  In just a few days, the Baz Luhrmann version of this classic will be upon us, dazzling its way across the screen with a glittering frenzy that might just make the Charleston seem tame. This will mark the […]

Natacha Rambova: Overshadowed Style

Posted by Christina Stewart May 1, 2013 2 Comments 10699 views

Natacha Rambova started her brief career as a Hollywood costume and set designer for Cecil B. DeMille in 1917. In 1920, she collaborated with Alla Nazimova creating two of their most iconic films, and by 1925 her Hollywood career was over. Rambova was a very stylish woman, often named one of Hollywood’s “best dressed” and […]

Betty Grable: Pin Up Girl (1944)

Posted by Christina Stewart April 24, 2013 0 Comment 11084 views

  “You’re my little pin up girl, Honestly you are, To me you have the grace of an angel, The face of a movie star, You’re my little pin up girl”     Was there a more popular pin up girl than Betty Grable? After posing in her bathing suit with that come hither over-the-shoulder […]

The Cloche: One Hell of a Modern Hat

Posted by Christina Stewart April 17, 2013 2 Comments 10263 views

THE hat of the 1920‘s, the cloche has seen a revival in the past few years and why not? It’s worn close to the head and tilted to one side. Plus it can be pulled down over the forehead as far as you’d like, depending on the level of mystery you want to evoke. The […]

Mary Pickford: Style Icon

Posted by Christina Stewart April 8, 2013 1 Comment 14030 views

I know what you’re going to say, “What!? Mary Pickford a style icon, really? Honestly? Have you gone mad?”  Well no, I haven’t gone mad, but yes, I honestly think Mary was a style icon beyond her “America’s Sweetheart” image. In honor of her 121st birthday on April 8th, let’s take a look at her […]

Dapper Gents

Posted by Christina Stewart April 2, 2013 1 Comment 9573 views

“I’ve just got an invitation through the mail. You’re presence’s requested, this evening, it’s formal, top hat, white tie and tails” Fred Astaire, Top Hat, 1935 We talk so much about women’s fashion in film that we naturally overlook the men, unless they’re forced to wear something completely outrageous. A suit and tie is the […]

Chanel in Hollywood

Posted by Christina Stewart March 27, 2013 1 Comment 27422 views

Coco Chanel in Hollywood, you say? Well, of course, Chanel’s been to Hollywood, everyone’s been to Hollywood! In 1931, after three years of persuasion and wooing, Samuel Goldwyn finally secured the famed Parisian designer to a $1 million contract for designing high fashion costumes for his production company. Not only was Chanel to design the […]

Costume Designers in Hollywood’s Golden Age

Posted by Christina Stewart March 18, 2013 4 Comments 22437 views

Adrian! Orry-Kelly! Travis Banton! Edith Head! Walter Plunkett! These names conjure up images of glittery, shimmery, and glamorous movie stars wearing the most beautiful creations ever to grace the silver screen. These designers created the iconic images of Joan Crawford’s shoulder pads, Bette Davis’s red antebellum gown, Marlene Dietrich’s feathers, Dorothy Lamour’s sarong, and Vivien […]

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