Category Archives: Film costume

Dorothy Dandridge Brings an Element of Noir to Otto Preminger’s “Carmen Jones”

Carmen is wild and free and wants to remain free, and the director is on his heroine’s side. Dorothy Dandridge – cool swagger, eyes aflame, every move a prowl – is fierce in her performance and Preminger directs her so that we know, too, that she loves freedom and is as dangerous as a feline on the lookout for her next prey, determined “to look life and death straight in the eye”. Read More

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Denim on Film Noir: Lovers on the Run in “Tomorrow Is Another Day”

Cay Higgins, on the other hand, is well versed in the shader kind of life, blasé and willing to fight with any means for survival. Underneath all that though, maybe they are somehow able to see in each other a way out. She certainly seems more at home in her jeans and white shirt than in her femme fatale black dresses. Free, at last. Read More

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This Summer We’re Channelling: Mary Stuart Masterson in “Some Kind of Wonderful”

Of all the cool, rebellious, outcast teens from the other side of the tracks, Watts from Some Kind of Wonderful must be my favourite of them all. Played by Mary Stuart Masterson to perfection, Watts is a street wise-rebel yell-new romantic tomboy that flaunts the subcultural musical theme of the 1980s, Read More

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This Summer We’re Channeling: Brad Pitt in “Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood”

But it is Brad Pitt’s Cliff Booth who takes film costume beyond ‘60s fashion and transforms it into timeless style. It’s both his attitude and clothes, modern yet very much of those times that project this California cool vibe and that very much capture the decade’s uplifting, freewheeling spirit. Read More

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This Summer We’re Channelling: Melina Mercouri in “Never on Sunday”

It’s a dancer’s body you think of when you see Melina Mercouri blaze on the screen in Never on Sunday. When she dances, her black sheath dress dances with her. When she walks, her clothes walk with her. Her elegance is alive. Theoni V. Aldredge not only understood film costume, she understood costume construction. She rarely used ready-made dresses in her costumes. Read More

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