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Francis Ford Coppola said that James V. Hart’s script for their 1992 movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula required the costumes to be the set. By collaborating with graphic designer Eiko Ishioka, Coppola fulfilled that vision and their work together resulted in some of the most memorable costumes ever made for these familiar characters.[[{"fid":"62666","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][format]":"embedded_html","field_tags[und]":""},"type":"media","attributes...
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In this week's Academy Originals we learn from costume designer Jeffrey Kurland what was his process of creating the costumes for the George Clooney / Brad Pitt remake of the Rat Pack heist film."Everything in the film was designed for each character and made for each character. Every suit, every shirt, almost every tie. The palette was their own but it also had to meld together so that it made sense. So that it looked like a group that was meant to be together," Kurland explained.Interested in more behind-the-scenes videos about Costume Design? Don't miss The Story of the "Dallas Buyers Club...
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In the introduction to her book, Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design, Deborah Nadoolman Landis sums up the job of the costume designer: “Ultimately, a costume must perfectly describe the individual for whom it was designed—not the superficial shell of a character but the outward expression of inner experience, the concrete manifestation of the character’s self-image.” Costume design extends beyond the realm of fashion and personal style. Unconcerned with setting trends, the costume designer aims to add depth and believability to the identities of the characters in the film. A...
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Currently the fifth most nominated person ever with 35 nominations for Costume Design, Edith Head was nominated 19 years in a row, from the establishment of the Costume Design category in 1948 through 1966. She holds the record for awards in the category with eight.In the 1950s during Edith Head’s impressive run at the Oscars, she began serving as a fashion consultant for the ceremony. The position’s duties were wide-ranging, from advising Oscar attendees on makeup and clothing for television, taking into account the set design and what looks might complement it, to emergency wardrobe repairs...
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The Star Wars universe is filled with amazing and varied characters: crazy aliens, rogue pirates, beautiful princesses and dashing heroes. These characters find their full form through dialogue, makeup and costume. Fans have come to love the series because they instantly recognize individual characters and their stories whenever they grace the screen.The Hollywood Costume exhibition provides an exciting and illustrious glimpse into the Star Wars costumers’ minds with Aggie Guerard Rodgers’s Han Solo costume from Return of the Jedi and John Mollo’s Darth...
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Theadora Van Runkle began her career as an illustrator of fashion advertisements for department stores in the 1960s.  After meeting the legendary costume designer Dorothy Jeakins, she left her job at the May Company to work with Jeakins on the historical epic Hawaii before the designer recommended her for the low-budget feature Bonnie and Clyde.   The production stood out for a number of reasons: its anti-hero point of view; its mix of sex and violence; its poor initial reception and subsequent success, which included 10 Academy Award nominations and...
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In this week’s Academy Originals episode, Oscar-winning costume designer Mark Bridges (The Artist, Silver Linings Playbook, There Will Be Blood) shares his creative process with us, including what first drew him to the profession."The reason I'm a costume designer is because it is everything that I am interested in, and did on my own, as a kid, are all put into one job,” says Bridges, noting his love of drawing, painting, fabrics, and his never-ending obsession with the history of clothes.To compare Bridges’ approach to that of another successful costume designer, check out this...
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Recently rediscovered in the Cecil B. DeMille Collection at the Academy Film Archive was roughly 2,400 feet of 16mm Kodachrome footage featuring scouting and costume tests for DeMille’s unrealized feature film Rurales. The footage consists of roughly 90 minutes of silent material shot on location in Mexico. Judging from newspaper accounts of the development of the film, it's possible the footage was shot in 1944 by Arthur Rosson, slated to serve as associate director on the picture. In this exclusive clip from the costume tests, gorgeous color footage shows the unique costume ideas that were...
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After receiving an Oscar for Costume Design for The Young Victoria in 2010, Sandy Powell appears backstage to discuss her inspiration and creative process for her work on the film. Powell, a 10-time nominee and three-time Oscar recipient, has collaborated with director Martin Scorsese on six of his films. They discuss their collaboration and shared creative vision for costume design in video interviews that are featured in Hollywood Costume.  To hear more about Powell’s process and see six of her creations, including an ensemble from Gangs of...
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Edith Head’s designs for Kim Novak in Vertigo are arguably some of the most important costumes in film history. The film revolves around the idea of identity and appearance with Novak playing dual characters. Madeleine and Judy are defined by their sharply differing styles: one sophisticated and urbane, the other earthy and more vibrant.This demure gray suit is first seen on Madeleine as she enters a flower shop, a stiff, drab figure in a riot of color. The same costume reappears midway through the film when Jimmy Stewart’s character uses it to transform Judy back into Madeline. ...
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