Welcome to another edition of Film Fashion Friday. I really lack in the blogging department this week. There were so many things I wanted to blog about, hopefully I will get to all of them next week!! Anyways, this week's film is Black Widow from 1954, directed by Nunnally Johnson. This film has an all star cast and also features costume designs from Travilla. When I picked out this film, I forgot he did the costume designs, but I am not surprised. Many wonderful 50's films feature his designs. The wardrobe director was Charles Le Maire. La Maire worked on a few other 50's film noirs and countless other classics such as Niagara, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and Miracle on 34th Street. He worked on many of Marilyn Monroe's films and won three Academy Awards.
Black Widow stars two great leading ladies; Ginger Rogers and Gene Tierney. Rogers has a bit more screen time and has excellent costumes -- always extremely well put together. Both always have matching hats and gloves to complete their outfits or coats.
The opening scene is a spectacular cocktail party and even the extras are dressed to the nines. What's so great about this film is that it was filmed in CinemaScope (widescreen) allowing the viewer to see more in a shot.
This film is a murder mystery of sorts and features a young girl who just moved to New York. She is an excellent example of young woman's fashion in the mid 50's. I just adore the above outfit and I might need to attempt to recreate it this summer.
Black Widow is on DVD and available on Netflix. I highly recommend it, not just for the fashion, but for being one of the few film noirs in color.
This week's honorable mention is Married Life from 2007. This period film really nails postwar fashion to a T. It was hard to find mistakes in the wardrobe and hair and make-up, making it a really stellar example of what a period film should look like. If you haven't seen this film yet...you should!!!! The acting is pretty good and the plot is also pretty decent as well. Married Life is available on DVD and is an instant on Netflix.
Hope you enjoy these suggestions, and as always, requests are always welcome!!