Category Archives: Film costume

Closer: Marie Trintignant in Claude Chabrol’s “Betty”

Betty gets away with her true nature. She is untamed. Her husband and her mother-in-law try to tame her, but they don’t succeed. Chabrol doesn’t try, he lets her be. Is she the victim of what Laure calls the “dead weight of society” or a monstrous and unworthy wife and mother? Chabrol doesn’t answer. Instead, he makes the viewer look a little closer and more indulgent, through her own eyes, at Betty. Read More

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Interview with Avatar Costume Designer Deborah L. Scott: “The Process Is the Same. You Build the Character!”

Costume undergoes its own groundbreaking evolution in Avatar: The Way of Water while still operating within the mise en scène as an aid of character and narrative. In a unique filmmaking effort, Deborah L. Scott invented a new costume paradigm. Read More

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One Classic Look: Karen Allen in “Starman”

Karen Allen in John Carpenter’s “Starman”, 1984. Columbia Pictures   In John Carpenter’s 1984 sci-fi Starman, Jeff Bridges is a space being trying to make contact with humans, after answering a NASA message intended for aliens. Upon arrival on Earth, … Read More

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A Sight to Behold: Katharine Hepburn in “The Philadelphia Story”

Adrian was the kind of costume designer that let the real Katharine Hepburn, with all her presence and self-confidence, in on the screen. There is the real Katharine somewhere in the Tracy Lord character in The Philadelphia Story. Read More

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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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