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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...
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,...
Costume Party is a monthly column exploring fashion, personal style, and historical aesthetics in film. This month’s Costume Party, coming at you with a slight delay due to, well, the world, is a tribute to one of our many recent fallen stars, the inimitable Mary Tyler Moore. Trailblazing comedienne, pert avatar of 60s womanhood, revolutionary wearer of pants and maker of adorable faces, Moore has long been a beloved figure and fashion icon, with many...

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