Absolutely, I worked on that show, dressing mannequins when it came to Boston. Opening up a Renaissance dress and seeing a big honking zipper and padded bullet shaped bust cups was so funny.
On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 12:00 PM, Viv Watkins <croxt...@vivwatkins.plus.com> wrote: > There is a fascinating book - "Hollywood and History - Costume Design in > Film" which looks how costume designers present historical dress. It was > published in 1988 to accompany an exhibition mounted at the Los Angeles > County Museum of Art. Part of the foreword says "Contemporary viewers are > not aware that the costumes reflect their own standards of style and beauty > - that the cave-dwellers' costumes are cut to emphasise the 1940's > silhouette, that the antebellum dresses are made with 1930's bias-cut > fabrics. It is only with the passage of time that one can see clearly how > all-pervasive the designer's contemporary aesthetics have been." It is one > of my favourite costume books, it has given me an extra layer of fun when I > watch the wonderful old movies. > > Viv Watkins. > > -----Original Message----- From: R Lloyd Mitchell > Sent: Wednesday, January 06, 2016 3:20 PM > To: Historical Costume > Subject: Re: [h-cost] Costumes in "War and Peace" > > Re the styles of dresses, I still have to chuckle at the 18th C > interpretions in films of the '20s-30s where the gowns have dropped waists. > In an earlier production of W&P the fashion tone is Audrey Hepburn all the > way. It seems that one can peg the date of the film release by the tweaked > styles that give a nod to contemporary fashion. Other interesting film > studies are the costumes for Victoria and Albert and Dr Zhivago.The latter > spawned a popular contemporary Fashion..the Maxie dress line. > _______________________________________________ > h-costume mailing list > firstname.lastname@example.org > http://mail.indra.com/mailman/listinfo/h-costume > -- Katy Bishop, Vintage Victorian katybisho...@gmail.com www.VintageVictorian.com Custom reproduction gowns of the Victorian Era. Publisher of the Vintage Dress Series books. _______________________________________________ h-costume mailing list email@example.com http://mail.indra.com/mailman/listinfo/h-costume