Films Every Costume Designer (or Costume Fan) Should Watch
Earlier this summer I ran a couple of workshops for PVCC students and community members on the subjects of costume design and costume production. I was thrilled to meet some wonderful students who will hopefully be joining PVCC and work on the shows with us.
Not long after I received an email from one of the attendees with a question:
I love that scene. I also love the number that comes right before it (which I just mentioned briefly) "Beautiful Girl". This is the epitome of the "fashion show" on film that was a classic staple in films of the 1920s and 30s. All the costumes in this number are stunning! If you haven't seen it, check it out:
And let's not forget the green dress that Cyd Charisse wears in the "Broadway Melody" dream sequence. Seriously, can I have her legs?
Gone with the Wind (1939) Costume Design by Walter Plunkett - A costume epic if ever there was one. Between the white/green Scarlett wears to the barbeque and the green "curtain" dress she wears to try to fake the appearance of still having wealth and then the red velvet and feather stunner she wears nearer the end of the film, it's all just perfection. While the "curtain" dress tends to get the most attention, I always preferred the gowns she wears after her marriage to Rhett and I die for the green and gold dressing gown she wears in this picture.
One of these days I'll get around to making a replica of this piece. And I will wear it around the house and it will be amazing.
To Catch a Thief (1955) Costume Design by Edith Head - Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Need I say more? Oh yes, the amazing talent of Edith Head. Just watch it. Everything Grace Kelly wears is divine. I especially love this blue number.
It Happened One Night (1934) Costume Design by Robert Kalloch - Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert are fabulous in this delicious romantic comedy. 1930s fashion was amazing and you'll probably find yourself wanting some of Ellie Andrews' (Colbert) costumes for your own closet. I especially love what she's wearing in this classic scene from the movie.