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Costume Party is a monthly column exploring fashion, personal style, and historical aesthetics in film. Later this month, Metrograph will be paying tribute to Marlene Dietrich, the German star whose ability to look striking in a tuxedo and top hat launched a thousand discussions on gender and power. The series at Metrograph features all of Dietrich’s starring roles in films by Josef von Sternberg, and in these films, she frequently appeared in costumes by Travis...
This month marked the much-anticipated reopening of Quad Cinema, a New York cinephile institution. The embarrassment of riches in their inaugural slate of programming features a retrospective of Lina Wertmüller, the Italian director best known for her 70s films like Swept Away and Seven Beauties. Wertmüller’s films deal in political and sexual provocation, shot through with a dry, often difficult-to-read sense of humor. For many years, due to the mysterious ebb and flow of...
Costume Party is a monthly column exploring fashion, personal style, and historical aesthetics in film. Film Forum’s Brit New Wave series, which began last week and runs through April 6th, offers a variety of looks, from scruffy working class, to tailored suits, to mod. Silvio Narizzano’s Georgy Girl (1966), playing on the final day of the series, is a tale of female rivalry that uses costume to clearly demarcate between two London roommates, one frumpy...
Costume Party is a monthly column exploring fashion, personal style, and historical aesthetics in film. Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Some Kind of Wonderful. The 1987 teen film penned by John Hughes may not be discussed quite as often as The Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles, but it stands out for its more subtle look at high school life. The film is a soft-focus portrayal of boy-girl friendship and class consciousness,...

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