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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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Take #2: The Meaning of Leaning in Hollywood

Leaning boards ( also called Slant boards) were invented for Hollywood players to relax between takes. Frequently, the costumes were cut on the bias, and tailored so snugly that the actor could not sit without bursting a ladder of seams. In fact, most of the time, there were no zippers or buttons on the costumes. […]

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Hollywood For Sale

    Tweet Debbie Reynolds The Auction tomorrow, June 18, 2011, is your chance to own a slice of Hollywood history. Hollywood’s Golden Age is over. The great stars exist only as silvery shadows on the screen. But some of the most important movie costumes and props, collected and preserved by actress Debbie Reynolds, are […]

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