Category Archives: Film costume

Deadly Kitty Collins: Ava Gardner in The Killers

Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster and Virginia Christine in “The Killers”, 1946. Universal Pictures   An adaptation after a short story by Ernest Hemingway, Robert Siodmak’s The Killers (1946), is a tour de force of the noir genre, one that covers … Read More

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Revisioning the Western Female Character: Julie Christie in McCabe and Mrs. Miller

The entire cast had to care for their clothes and mend them just as real frontierspeople would have done a century before. The result is very authentic, for Mrs. Miller as well. Julie Christie’s clothes look lived in and are, quite frankly, one of the most authentic female costumes in westerns. Read More

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The Undesigned Outfit, the New Symbol of American Maleness: Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire

“This is it! This is what I’ve always wanted!” The clothes that costume designer Lucinda Ballard chose for him finally put Marlon Brando into character. He became Stanley Kowalski and his “undesigned” outfit became part of the Brando iconography. Read More

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Le choix des armes: Yves Montand and the Look of the Gentleman Gangster

In Le choix des armes, Yves Montand is part of a gentlemen’s world of mobsters and criminals, living and dying by a certain code of honour, never betraying their own, and dressing the part. Read More

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This Summer We’re Channelling: Sigourney Weaver in The Year of Living Dangerously

Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver in The Year of Living Dangerously, 1982. Wayang Productions/MGM   There are few things I appreciate about a film more than its sense of place. That’s what Peter Weir achieved in The Year of Living … Read More

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