Clothes on film: Little black dress & All About Eve

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Some of the strongest words I have ever read are Betty Davis’ opinions about Hollywood and women’s condition, in general. With a sparkle of cockiness, her words perfectly describe they way she managed to turn herself into one of those faces you didn’t want to miss.

I have recently watched Feud, an anthology series created by Ryan Murphy, based on the neverending differences between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, with Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon in the role of Betty Davis. I loved the re-creation of their relationship, focusing on the filming of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane. And that’s when I remembered how much I looove Bete Davis and how much I loved her fashion style and acting. 

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10 years and an emerald green dress

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In 2008, readers of In Style magazine voted Keira Knightley’s green dress from the movie Atonement (2007) as the Best Costume of All Time.

The dress was designed by Jacqueline Durran, after “the rich emerald green colour was specially requested by Atonement’s director Joe Wright”, for it expressed temptation, one of the main subjects of the movie. Also, one of the meanings of emerald green lies in “importality”, so that dress was there to last.

What’s more, “Keira Knightley’s character, Cecilia Tallis, is seen wearing only variations of green (apart from her regulation nurse’s uniform) following the incarceration of her love Robbie (James McAvoy). Subscribing absolute denotation to the colour is impossible, so by very definition it becomes mysterious.

And since there are only a few iconic green dresses in the history of cinema (see also Vivien Leigh’s green ensemble in Gone with the Wind), the beautiful emerald green dress from Atonement will go as a masterpiece in movie costumes history.

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The first collaboration between Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy

Many of the most beautiful clothes in the history of cinema were worn by Audrey Hepburn in her timeless movies. One of them is Sabrina (1954), which marks the first collaboration between Audrey and Hubert de Givenchy.

Some sources say that Audrey was sent to Cristóbal Balenciaga in Paris, so that she could find a fabulous wardrobe for the movie. As “he was too busy preparing his latest collection, he sent Audrey to his friend, Hubert de Givenchy, who had worked for Balenciaga. As it turned out that Givenchy couldn’t design something especially for her either, as he was in the middle of a collection himself, Audrey asked him to show her his previous collection. It was exactly what she needed and she ended up buying a capsule wardrobe, formed of three outfits, which amounted to the sum of $850, from the French couturier for her post-Paris make-over.

One of the outfits was the beautiful “bustier gown in white organdy, decorated with a navy floral embroidery pattern of silk thread and jet beads“.

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Sometimes you watch a movie for Grace Kelly’s dresses

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Grace Kelly’s style gave us some of the most iconic outfits in the history of film.

Every piece of clothing she wore in her films was a statement of style and elegance, always illustrating the time’s fashion. Some of her most iconic appearances were in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954). She wore 5 outfits and worked closely with her good friend (and probably the most famous movie costumer), Edith Head.

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