Wednesday, 27 June 2012

My Top 20 Costume Designers (1 - 5)

Over the next few days I'll be posting my top 20 costume designers. Most are legendary, but I'd like to highlight a few lesser known designers whose work is particularly interesting and beautiful. I'll just post 5 at a time because of the number of photos involved, but I hope that you enjoy them. Please get in touch with your favourite costume designers!

1. Adrian

One of the most famous and influential costume designers of Hollywood history, Adrian designed over 250 films, including The Wizard of Oz. His quirky sense of fun and his ability to embody a character in his designs made him a favourite designer for many actresses such as Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford and Katharine Hepburn.

He was responsible for the ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz, as in the books, the slippers are silver, but Adrian thought that red would look better on screen.

He moved into fashion, setting up his own fashion house and designing wonderful collections throughout the war years but sadly died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 56.

Adrian and Greta Garbo, 1930
Adrian with Greta Garbo

Rosalind Russell, Norma Shearer and Joan Fontaine in "The Women", 1939

 Jean Harlow in "Reckless" 1935 Katharine Hepburn in "The Philadelphia Story", 1940 Norma Shearer Anita Louise in "Marie Antoinette", 1938 Greta Garbo in "Camille", 1936 Joan Crawford, 1932 Greta Garbo, "Wild Orchids", 1929 Joan Crawford, "Letty Lynton", 1932 Greta Garbo, "Inspiration", 1930 Kay Johnson, "Madam Satan", 1930 Adrian  dress for Joan Crawford, "The Bride wore Red", 1937
Adrian and Greta Garbo on the set of "Camille", September 1936

2. Catherine Martin
Best known for her designs on her husband's Baz Luhrmann's productions, Catherine Martin has designed some of the most beautiful and unashamedly extravagant costumes of recent years. She has a very chic style when called for, and I find her work very reminiscent of 'old style' Hollywood costume design.

3. Alexandra Byrne

Alexandra Byrne trained as an architect before moving into costume design and in the last decade has become one of the most sought after designers. She has designed for Elizabeth, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Phantom of the Opera, and more recently, Avengers Assemble. Along with Adrian, she's my favourite costume designer. I love her interpretations of fashion history.

4. Colleen Atwood

After starting out in fine art and fashion, Colleen Atwood has collaborated repeatedly with directors, Tim Burton, Rob Marshall and Jonathan Demme. Her large body of work has made her one of the most well known designers.

5. Cecil Beaton

Renaissance man, Cecil Beaton, designed for several productions for stage and screen including two of the most recognisable film dresses - Audrey Hepburn's Race dress for My Fair Lady, and Leslie Caron's dress in Gigi.

photo credit: altfilmguide

photo credit: dolceculture

Many thanks to costumersguide for many of the photos.

Next 5 designers will be up tomorrow!


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Oh my, this post is great! I am really obsessed with costumes and it looks like I am going to study Film Studies, so I really adore your blog ;)

Liebe Grüße!

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@LunaYay! I'm so pleased! Congratulations on your course. Are you starting this year? Exciting! xxx

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I found this blog really amazing and interesting just because of the involvement of the updates about the costume designers. The images of costume designs are classy and attract someone's attraction towards them.

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