Hit or Miss? Are Classic Gowns Modern Red Carpet Worthy?
Adrian once said, as probably all costume designers do, that creating designs for the screen is vastly different from creating them for real life. Creations for the screen are much more elaborate and exaggerated in order to convey a whole range meanings. I’ve often wondered while watching many a classic film, if any of those sumptuous gowns would translate to our modern red carpet tastes. Would today’s fashion critics be able to recognize the wonder of these creations or would they quickly dismiss them as old-fashioned? What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
The limitless talent of the costume designers during the Golden Age of Hollywood is staggering to say the least, Orry-Kelly, Travis Banton, Edith Head, Adrian, Howard Greer, Gwen Wakeling, Bernard Newman, Jean-Louis, William Travilla, and the list goes on. Their creations captivated audiences with dreams of glamour and style. To a certain extent we feel the same way today. We want style and glamour in our own lives and still look to the movies and movie stars for a bit of this. The Red Carpet is the best place to see today’s Hollywood looking their best and striking the glamorous pose.
In today’s culture of the quick flippant fashion critics obsessed with their Red Carpet “Hit and Miss” lists and “Who are you wearing?” questions, I’ve wondered if the gowns created during Hollywood’s heyday could pass the muster today. Would beaded gowns trimmed in fur with bell sleeves cause a stir and be deemed a “Miss”? How about a silk halter top bias cut gown or red plush velvet with ostrich feather accents? Hit or Miss? For my money, there’s little today that really comes close to the fashions of days past. If contemporary critics can’t see that, its their loss, but I’ll let you be the judge!