the ramblings of an aspiring costume designer

The Triadic Ballet (1922)

This unique and avente-garde ballet was designed by Oscar Schlemmer, the German painter, sculptor, designer and cherographer.

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#the Triadic ballet  #oscar Schlemmer  #ballet 

The Hollow Crown (TV mini-series 2012)

Clémence Póesy plays Queen Isabella from the Richard II segment of ‘The Hollow Crown’

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#the hollow crown  #clemence poesy  #costume  #mini series  #dressed 

The Hollow Crown (2012 TV Mini-Series)

Ben Whishaw as Richard II

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#the hollow crown  #ben whishaw  #costume 

Hello Dolly (1969)

This gold and yellow embellished gown is probably the most recognised outfit from this light-hearted musical (I am not surprised considering the scale of the feathered headpiece). The detailing on this dress is incredible, it must have taken hours upon hours to embellished it all - and to to great effect, it looks as if she is wearing pure gold. Irene Sharaff was nominated for an Oscar for her creations!

— 2 months ago with 14 notes
#hello dolly  #barbra streisand  #musical  #irene sharaff  #dressed 

Orlando (1992)

This is one of the most remarkable films I have watched. It’s based on the novel written by the brilliant 20th century writer, Virginia Woolf. It follows the title character ‘Orlando’ travel through four centuries, two genders and the struggles and triumphs that unfold.

This artistic and intelligent film is highly stylised, with its lush locations and an almost fairytale-like view of the past - basically each scene could be its own gorgeous painting. I could go on and on about the sumptuous costumes and set design, but then again, I probably wouldn’t be able to stop. Tilda Swinton was perfectly cast, as it was acted wonderfully and her androgynous look couldn’t have been more perfect for the character. Sandy Powell was rightly nominated for an Oscar and a Bafta for her work on this film.

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#orlando  #tilda swinton  #sandy powell  #film  #dressed 
Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)

“No matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”

Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)

“No matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

This is my favourite costume of the Pirates of the Caribbean films. I just love how much character it has - with the very distressed mix-matched textures and the play on the classic silhouette of the 1700s. The costume designer for this film was Penny Rose.

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#Pirates of the Caribbean  #penny rose  #costume  #dressed 

Schéhérazade (1910)

This costume illustration was done by the artist and set/costume designer, Léon Bakst. It is almost identical to the costume worn by the choreographer and star of the ballet, Michel Fokine.

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#scheherazade  #1910  #leon bakst  #michel fokine  #ballet  #illustration 

Schéhérazade (1910)

This ballet, choreographed by Michel Fokine, premiered on 4th June 1910 in Paris at the Théâtre de l’Opéra. It’s a one act ballet based on the prologue ‘The Thousand and One Splendid Nights’ - a story of a sultan and a storyteller. These beautifully intricate designs are by the amazing Léon Bakst.

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#ballet  #leon bakst  #costume  #dressed  #scheherazade 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1937)

I am in love with this costume worn by Vivien Leigh in this stage adaption of ‘a midsummer night’s dream’ performed at the Old Vic Theatre, London in 1937. She played Titania, queen of the fairies.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1937)

I am in love with this costume worn by Vivien Leigh in this stage adaption of ‘a midsummer night’s dream’ performed at the Old Vic Theatre, London in 1937. She played Titania, queen of the fairies.

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#a midsummer night's dream  #vivien leigh  #1930s  #theatre  #dressed  #titania 
The Great Gatsby (1974)

Mia Ferrow plays Daisy Buchanan in this 1974 adaption of ‘The Great Gatsby’. This beautiful green sequin dress and matching headpiece was designed by the Greek costume designer, Theoni V. Aldredge. She won a Oscar for her designs in this classic film and it’s understandable why, they are all gorgeous!! Transporting you to the roaring 1920s.

The Great Gatsby (1974)

Mia Ferrow plays Daisy Buchanan in this 1974 adaption of ‘The Great Gatsby’. This beautiful green sequin dress and matching headpiece was designed by the Greek costume designer, Theoni V. Aldredge. She won a Oscar for her designs in this classic film and it’s understandable why, they are all gorgeous!! Transporting you to the roaring 1920s.

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#the great gatsby  #1974  #1920s  #mia Ferrow  #Theoni V. Aldredge  #dressed 

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

The clothes the women wear in this film are fab-u-lous! These two outfits are my favourites of the film. The first, worn by Gwyneth Paltrow. Simple, but gorgeous. The long red summer dress, strappy shoes and crisp white shirt that ties at the waist just sings 1950s Italian sun! And the second is Cate Blanchett’s cream ensemble. The lovely fluffy hat, open crew-neck jumper and embellished cardigan are made even more sophisticated with dark sunglasses and deep red lips. Love, love, love!

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#the talented mr. ripley  #gwenyth paltrow  #cate blanchett  #1950s  #ann Roth  #costumes  #dressed 

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

This isn’t just riveting psychological thriller that deals with identity and obsession – it’s a film that celebrates style. When watching this I marvelled at the costume designs of Ann Roth and Gary Jones, which brought to life a combination of classic American and Italian fashion at its best. You truly are swept up (alongside Ripley) in the expensive world and wardrobe of Dickie Greenleaf; his tailored Italian suits, white linen trousers, designer polo shirts and that gold ring which he seems to be always wearing. Whilst Tom Ripley begins the film wearing plainer, well-worn and ill-fitting outfits, suggesting his true background.

However, as the film starts to take a turn for the sinister, so does the costumes… Darker, richer hues and dramatic styling emerge - leaving behind the light and airy clothing of the earlier scenes. This visual change adds to the tantalising suspense.

This film is a great watch. It’s not only a visual feast for the eyes, with its amazing costume and location (the movie is set in Italy in the 1950s - enough said), it has such a gripping storyline that keeps your eyes locked to the screen for the entire 2 hours and 19 minutes of its running time. So, if you haven’t already, drop everything and watch it now!

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#the talented mr. ripley  #jude law  #matt damon  #ann roth  #gary jones  #1950s  #costume  #dressed 
Letty Lyndon (1932)

Joan Crawford is just a vision in this monochrome gown designed by the remarkable Adrian (Gilbert Adrian).

Letty Lyndon (1932)

Joan Crawford is just a vision in this monochrome gown designed by the remarkable Adrian (Gilbert Adrian).

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#Letty lynton  #joan crawford  #adrian  #costume  #1930s  #film  #dressed 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999)

Michelle Pfeiffer plays the beautiful Titania in this adaption of Shakespeare’s classic. This gown is one of the many amazing costumes seen in this film and it is STUNNING. The colour, fabric and detailing on the robe create the appearance of waves breaking around the neckline and water cascading down her back. The additional hint of gold thread and trims running throughout the costume creates a rich and royal look, true to the character. The sheer detail and work that has gone into making these beautiful costume is vast! Major respect for Italian costume designer Gabriella Pescucci.

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#a midsummer night's dream  #Gabriella Pescucci  #michelle pfeiffer  #titania  #costume  #film  #william shakespeare  #dressed