Posts Tagged ‘film costume design’

Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story. 

Mason Cooley (1927-2002), American aphorist and professor of world literature.

I think that perhaps costume designers would agree with Mr. Mason.


Mary Queen of Scots. Costumes by Alexandra Byrne. 


Congratulations to the 2019 Oscar nominees for Best Costumes:

Alexandra Byrne – Mary Queen of Scots

Ruth E. Carter – Black Panther

Mary Zophres – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Sandy Powell – Mary Poppins Returns


Each one of these films is a little different and I’m sure not without various challenges.

Find out the winner on February 24, 2019.


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Jacqueline Durran costume for Anna Karenina.

Jacqueline Durran costume for Anna Karenina.

If you want to play into people’s idea of luxury, referencing the 1950s is useful. It was a good match, because the cinched waist, fitted bodices and big skirts were similar to the shapes of the 1870s.

British Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Ms. Durran explains why the 1950s influenced her costumes for the period film, Anna Karenina.

Last night Ms. Durran won Best Costume Design Oscar for Anna Karenina. Film costume followers will recall Ms. Durran’s 1930s emerald-green dress in Atonement, for which she was also nominated. Anna Karenina is her third nomination but first win.

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Deborah Nadoolman Landis posing at the Victoria & Albert Museum Hollywood Costume Exhibit.

The secret behind costume design is it’s not about the clothes. We are all about substance over style.

Dr. Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Hollywood costume designer.

Dr. Landis is a professor of costume design as well as a celebrated Hollywood costume designer. Recently she was Senior Guest Curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for the Hollywood Costume exhibit running now through January 27, 2013.

It took five years to track down 100 costumes from studios, actors, and private collectors. There are pieces from such iconic films as Hello Dolly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Blues Brothers, Indiana Jones, Saturday Night Fever, and Titanic. Dr. Landis says, “What’s represented in the galleries is really costume archeology.”

The oldest costume displayed is the rather tattered tuxedo Charlie Chaplin sported in 1915 film, The Tramp.

There’s a lot of buzz in London about this exhibit with patient attendees waiting 45 minutes in long queues just to get tickets. But there’s plenty to see online as well. Check it out.

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