Lucky you! I schemed to get to Boston to see it but just couldn't.

Ann Wass




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From: Katy Bishop <>
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Sent: Wed, Jan 6, 2016 12:08 pm
Subject: Re: [h-cost] Costumes in "War and Peace"

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 <>

> 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.
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