Have you ever sat and watched the credits at the end of a movie and the title Gowns By? Granted you would have to (A) be watching a classic film as they now say costume design by and (B) actually pay attention to the credits.
What I love about these classic films, besides the fact that they are wildly entertaining, have superb acting is the gowns. The clothes, the costumes call it what you may. I love them.
Perhaps you’ve seen the name Adrian as in Gowns by – Adrian. He worked with actresses such as Katherine Hepburn, Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford. Have you seen the film The Women not this one, but this one. Just look at Joan Crawford’s outfits. I especially love the midriff dress, midriffs by the way are back in style!
Then there is the legendary Edith Head. I’m sure you’ve seen the gowns she’s put on the silver screen. She has won 8 Academy Awards for best costume design. Some of my favorites of hers are the Barbara Stanwyck’s costumes in The Lady Eve. Grace Kelley’s clothing in To Catch a Thief. Talk about gorgeous.
And then there was Travilla. Ah Travilla otherwise known as Marilyn Monroe’s costume designer. I just adore his work. Think about the show stopping gowns in How to marry a millionaire, which we all know I love! I could go on and on about Mr. Travilla.
So what films has your favorite gowns? I’d love to know. I will also be buying these coffee table books. How chic! Gowns by Adrian : The MGM Years 1928-1941, Edith Head: The Fifty-Year Career of Hollywood’s Greatest Costume Designer, and Dressing Marilyn: How a Hollywood Icon Was Styled by William Travilla
Till next time!