Category Archives: Helen Rose

Designing Women: Helen Rose and Jorjett Strumme

Costume designer Helen Rose is best known for the white chiffon dress Elizabeth Taylor wore in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Rose was the envy of every Hollywood designer when Grace Kelly asked her to design Kelly’s wedding dress. Rumor had it that Edith Head was livid she did not get the commission. We […]

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Remembering Legendary Costume Designer Helen Rose

Helen Rose was one of Hollywood’s most important costume designers. Seraphic Secret has authored several posts about Rose.  In June 2010, we wrote about Rose’s not-so-nice Jewish boyfriend. If you have not read this post, you should. The identity reveal at the end will take your breath away. In another post, with the help of […]

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Helen Rose: Marilyn Monroe, No Designer’s Dream

Casual Marilyn Frequently, when Karen and I attend a wedding, Bar Mitzvah, or a formal dinner, I can’t help but notice that some people, all decked out in formal wear, look, somehow, not quite themselves. In fact, many women—and it’s mostly women who are genuinely transformed by glittering evening wear—appear like gaudy imitations of themselves. […]

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Helen Rose Meets Jane Fonda: Costume Craziness Commences

Costume designer Helen Rose. In 1981, the great Hollywood costume designer Helen Rose (1904 – 1985) authored a slim memoir, Just Make Them Beautiful—L.B. Mayer’s instructions to Rose when he hired her at MGM—that conceals as much as it reveals. When I first read Rose’s book, I suspected, as I wrote in my previous post, […]

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Costume Designer Helen Rose’s (Not So) Nice Jewish Boyfriend

Costume Designer Helen Rose A two-time winner of the Academy Award for Costume Design—The Bad and the Beautiful, 1952, I’ll Cry Tomorrow, 1955—Helen Rose (1904 – 1985) was one of Hollywood’s greatest wardrobe designers. Born on Chicago’s South Side, Rose studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Her first job was designing costumes for […]

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