Thursday, 28 June 2012

My Top 20 Costume Designers (6-10)



The second part of my top 20 costume designers. Lots and lots of photos under the cut.




6. Eiko Ishioka

I was very sad to hear that Eiko Ishioka died earlier this year. She was one of Japan's leading artists and worked in many Hollywood films. Her costumes have a certain sinister beauty which was truly unique.










photo credit: onefiestystitch

stage costume for Grace Jones







photo credits: wickedhalo, finefettleguide, illustrated perfume, cheerleaderofdarkness, fashionfoiegras, costumersguide

7. Jean Louis

Head of Costume Design at Columbia Pictures for over 20 years, Jean Louis designed for Gilda and many other films. He worked for Marlene Dietrich for her tours, and, perhaps his most famous creation, the "Happy Birthday, Mr President" dress, which was worn by Marilyn Monroe.
















7. Andrea Galer

Very difficult to choose a designer from the "BBC period drama" set. I nearly chose Mike O'Neill, but I've settled upon Andrea Galer because she has an amazing ability to make clothes look real. There's no shock, awe and sequins, she designs clothes which look true to the characters, their situation and time. She places emphasis on cut, delicate simplicity and beautiful fabrics, and is probably best known for her work on Withnail & I. Clothes, including bridal couture and the Withnail coat, are sold on her website.

I very much admire her support of traditional craft. She set up The Power of Hands Foundation, a charity which raises money by selling handmade lace to support Sri Lankan lacemakers and their families in the aftermath of the Tsunami. 











All photos from andreagaler.co.uk

8. Travis Banton


Travis Banton worked as a costume designer from the silent era and was one of the most famous designers in the 30s. After designing for the Ziegfeld Follies, his move into film made him a favourite of Marlene Dietrich, Carole Lombard and Mae West.


The Canary Murder Case (1929)

photo credit: lastgoddess

Carole Lombard and Travis Banton (Designer) in fittings for, "The Princess Comes Across", 1936

Carole Lombard, "The Princess Comes Across", 1936

Claudette Colbert in "Cleopatra", 1934

The Scarlet Empress (1934) Costume Designs for Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich, 1957

Dorothy Lamour, "Sing High, Swing Low", 1937

Marlene Dietrich in "Angel" 1937

Marlene, 1934

9.ChloĆ© Obolensky 


10. Jenny Beavan

This woman is so prolific, I can't cover anywhere near enough of her work in this post. A really excellent designer. If you're ever wondering who did the costumes on fairly recent period era film, there's a fair chance that it's Jenny Beavan.


 photo credit: costumersguide


 photo credit: costumersguide

 photo credit: costumersguide




 photo credit: jowithitsportfolio










Sense and Sensibility Costumes 
photo credit: Denise Marie of Soba Designs

photo credit: everaftercostumes





10. Walter Plunkett


Where to start? Amazing designer who is most famous for his work on Gone with the Wind.  I believe that the number of costumes he designed for that one film ran into the thousands. He was dedicated to historical accuracy (not always very important in film, especially in 'Classic Hollywood') and without doubt produced some of the most memorable costumes of all time.

Most of the Gone with the Wind photos are courtesy of vivandlarry.com
















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Where is Jean-Pierre Dorleac? He is one of the most distinguished, international costume designers ever with awards in film (Oscar nominated for SOMEWHERE IN TIME) television (3 time winner -11 time nominee) theater (a Tony and 2 Drama Critics awards) couture, ready-to-wear, and commercials. Plus, his sketches are art pieces that have been collected by everyone all over the world.

Take a look at his new chronicle of Hollywood, THE NAKED TRUTH where it details the last days of glamour before the corporations took over the business and reduced costuming to shopping departement store sale items. It is filled with factual accounts of the making of many productions, plus loving details about all the iconic stars he worked with.

AndNOT TO BE MISSED are the fascinating chapter filled with intimate conversations between he and his mentor EDITH HEAD.

Famous columnist LIZ SMITH adored it: http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/.../liz-smith-naked-truth

As did Arroe Collins in his iHeart Radio interview: http://www.997thefox.com/.../unplugged-and-totally-uncut.../

Richard Harper said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Where is Jean-Pierre Dorleac? He is one of the most distinguished, international costume designers ever with awards in film (Oscar nominated for SOMEWHERE IN TIME) television (3 time winner -11 time nominee) theater (a Tony and 2 Drama Critics awards) couture, ready-to-wear, and commercials. Plus, his sketches are art pieces that have been collected by everyone all over the world.

Take a look at his new chronicle of Hollywood, THE NAKED TRUTH where it details the last days of glamour before the corporations took over the business and reduced costuming to shopping departement store sale items. It is filled with factual accounts of the making of many productions, plus loving details about all the iconic stars he worked with.

AndNOT TO BE MISSED are the fascinating chapter filled with intimate conversations between he and his mentor EDITH HEAD.

Famous columnist LIZ SMITH adored it: http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/.../liz-smith-naked-truth

As did Arroe Collins in his iHeart Radio interview: http://www.997thefox.com/.../unplugged-and-totally-uncut.../

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