Saturday, June 4
Fashion designers and costume designers are artists responsible for creating clothing with style and purpose. But while fashion designers make clothes for the general public, costume designers make them for specific characters. While their goals and responsibilities are distinct, sometimes they’ve had to work together to make a film.
Milo Anderson handled the costume design for this taut Hitchcock mystery, but Marlene Dietrich insisted on Christian Dior tailoring her exquisite wardrobe (her phrase “No Dior, No Dietrich” became famous). Her much younger co-star Jane Wyman was distraught because she felt she looked so unsophisticated by comparison.
Edith Head won the Oscar for this Billy Wilder classic, but Audrey Hepburn insisted on authentic Paris couture courtesy of Hubert de Givenchy for the scenes after her previously shy character transforms into a sophisticate. Head neglected to mention de Givenchy in her Academy acceptance speech.