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July 30, 2010 / Sarah Moore

recommended films for costume design (Met exhibit)

While in NYC recently, I stopped by the exhibit “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was amazing! I wish I’d been able to take pictures but the minute I grasped my camera I received a “don’t you dare” look from the docent.

Women Fashion Met

Basically it had 5 rooms, each exploring a decade: “The Heiress/Gibson Girl” (1890’s), the “Bohemian” (early 1900’s), the “Suffragist” and “Patriot” (1910’s), the “Flappers” (1920’s), and lastly the “Screen Sirens” of the 1930’s. In the room were beautiful mannequins, no doubt custom-made just for this exhibit, wildly accessorized and gold-lamed wigs, and exquisite, painted backdrops reflecting the times. My favorites were the dresses Madame Grés and Charles James..and Worth…!

While at the exhibit, obsessed with every part of it and not wanting to leave, I grabbed a program outlining their exhibition programs. One of them involved the screening of six films, each set in a different time period, showcasing the work of “Hollywood’s finest wardrobe masters and mistresses.” While I couldn’t make it to these screenings, I was able to take note of recommended films which I’ve listed below. The only one I’ve already seen is “Somewhere in Time,” which, well, happens to be the most romantic 80’s movie ever, in my opinion of course! (if you haven’t seen it make sure some Kleenex is nearby!). I haven’t seen the others but am adding them to my Netflix account…

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Gigi

Gigi

Somewhere in Time

Somewhere in Time

Enchanted April

Enchanted April

The Women (1939)

The Women (1939)

The Lady Eve

The Lady Eve

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  1. Mary Raphaely / Aug 2 2010 10:31 am

    Enchanted April is my very best movie!

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