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Costuming The Dressmaker

Twenty-five years ago, costume designer Margot Wilson was a student living in Paris when she picked up a roll of red, moire silk fabric during a shopping trip to Milan. She didn’t know why, or what for; she wasn’t even … Continue reading

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Cinema Paradiso: Invisible Costume

Cinema Paradiso is a beautiful examination of the relationship human beings have with film. This connection is explored through the story of a young boy and his friendship with the projectionist at the town’s local cinema. The strength of this … Continue reading

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Get on Up: Sharen Davis Shares Costume Design Sketches

As Get on Up, director Tate Taylor’s look at the life of singing legend James Brown, hits UK screens we have some fantastic sketches to share of the film’s costuming. Costume designer for Get on Up is the one and … Continue reading

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The Look of Love: Q&A with Costume Designer Stephanie Collie

As is often the way with costume designers, Stephanie Collie is something of an unsung hero. We will not reel off her entire back catalogue, but it does include South Riding (2011, TV), Telstar (2008) Peter’s Friends (1992) and perhaps … Continue reading

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So Dior Exhibition at Harrods: Movie Star Dresses

Some photographs from the recent So Dior exhibition at Harrods. Continue reading

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The Iron Lady: Costume as Distinction, Gender and Protection

A look at late Margaret Thatcher’s colour specific wardrobe as represented in the film The Iron Lady. Continue reading

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Anna Karenina: Jacqueline Durran Talks Jewellery & Costume

Costume designer Jacqueline Durran discusses her unusual approach for Anna Karenina – 1870s Russia via 1950s couture. Continue reading

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Doris Day in Pillow Talk: Couture Allure

Doris Day’s last hurrah for 1950s fashion wearing some of the most exquisite costumes ever seen on screen. Continue reading

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Costume & Identity in Hitchcock’s Vertigo

Edith Head’s costume design for Vertigo demonstrates the power of clothes in forming identities on-screen. Continue reading

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La Dolce Vita: Masculinity and Tailoring

Groundbreaking film La Dolce Vita offers a conflicting portrayal of masculinity. Continue reading

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Katie Holmes in The Kennedys: Armani’s Copy of a Copy

Unquestionably the most historically significant outfit Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy wears in the show is her rose pink tweed suit. Continue reading

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To Catch a Thief: Grace Kelly’s Coral Top and Skirt

This coral pink ensemble encompasses and challenges the absolute femininity of Grace Kelly. Continue reading