Film Series- Designer Label Fashion on Film: Rear Window (1954)
Celebrate four of Hollywood’s greatest fashion designers with the films that are part of their legend and part of the ‘superstructure’ of their stars. Joan Crawford was known for her exaggerated shoulders; this was an innovation of MGM’s main designer, Adrian. Marlene Dietrich is inextricably linked with exotic costumes and exquisitely tailored men’s tuxedos; she was ably dressed by Paramount’s legendary Travis Banton. Edith Head helped to create Grace Kelly’s film ‘look’ and she is still remembered for her waspy, Vassar-girl glad rags in Rear Window. Rosalind Russell’s character in Auntie Mame is the personification of chic style; Orry-Kelly melds theatrical and worldly with Park Avenue to create a cinematic dreamscape of perfect clothes.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Grace Kelly, James Stewart.
“Laid up with a broken leg, photojournalist L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to his tiny, sweltering courtyard apartment. To pass the time between visits from his nurse (Thelma Ritter) and his fashion model girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly), the binocular-wielding Jeffries stares through the rear window of his apartment at the goings-on in the other apartments around his courtyard. Of particular interest is seemingly mild-mannered travelling salesman Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr), who is saddled with a nagging, invalid wife. One afternoon, Thorwald pulls down his window shade, and his wife's incessant bray comes to a sudden halt.” – Hal Erickson-Rovi, rottentomatoes.com. Edith Head did Kelly's chic wardrobe for Rear Window and it is one of her best. Head wrote in The Dress Doctor she loved working with Kelly: "We're used to a certain amount of careless dressing in Hollywood; nothing about Grace was careless. Even better than the clothes was the quiet, shy, interested manner.” – moviediva.com. 112 minutes. Rated PG.
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