Film Series- Designer Label Fashion on Film: Auntie Mame (1958)
Celebrate four of Hollywood’s greatest fashion designers with the films that are part of their legend and part of the ‘superstructure’ of their stars. Joan Crawford was known for her exaggerated shoulders; this was an innovation of MGM’s main designer, Adrian. Marlene Dietrich is inextricably linked with exotic costumes and exquisitely tailored men’s tuxedos; she was ably dressed by Paramount’s legendary Travis Banton. Edith Head helped to create Grace Kelly’s film ‘look’ and she is still remembered for her waspy, Vassar-girl glad rags in Rear Window. Rosalind Russell’s character in Auntie Mame is the personification of chic style; Orry-Kelly melds theatrical and worldly with Park Avenue to create a cinematic dreamscape of perfect clothes.
Directed by Morton DaCosta.
“Life's a banquet, and most suckers are starving to death. That tag line sums up this exuberant and immensely amusing 1958 comedy that can be seen repeatedly, as it never grows stale. Rosalind Russell plays the flamboyant aunt who takes in poor, orphaned Patrick, played with sophisticated ease by Jan Handzlik. Mame, all glitter and martinis, raises her nephew in a world filled with acceptance and her oddball literati friends. Russell, who created the title role for the stage, simply shines. The screen version was written by the clever duo of Betty Comden and Adolph Green.” – Rochelle O'Gorman, Amazon.com. “Orry-Kelly is considered one of the top three costume designers of the 1930s alongside Travis Banton and Adrian. Orry-Kelly dressed numerous studio stars such as Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis, Kay Francis, Ingrid Bergman, and Rosalind Russell.” --coletterie.com. 143 minutes. Not rated.
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