Film Series- Designer Label Fashion on Film: The Women (1939)
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 George Cukor. Starring Norma Shearer, Rosalind Russell, Joan Crawford.
“Be careful what you say in private. It could become a movie. Some gossip overheard by Clare Boothe Luce in a nightclub powder room inspired her Broadway hit that's wittily adapted for the screen in The Women. George Cukor directs an all-female cast in this catty tale of battling and bonding that paints its claws Jungle Red and shreds the excesses of pampered Park Avenue princesses. Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine, Mary Boland and Paulette Goddard are among the array of husband snatchers, snitches and lovelorn ladies.” – tcm.com
“Adrian was most famous for his evening gown designs for actresses, a talent exemplified in The Women. The Women (1939), filmed in black and white, originally included a 10-minute fashion parade in Technicolor, which featured Adrian's most outré designs; often cut in TV screenings, it has been restored to the film by Turner Classic Movies. Adrian was also well known for his extravagant costumes, as in The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and opulent (if not historically accurate) period dresses such as those for Camille (1936) and Marie Antoinette (1938).” – wikipedia.org. 133 minutes. Not rated.
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