California Style Costuming

By Grace Bernal
This is the month of costumes and sometimes the best costumes are the ones in the theater. Truly it is costumes that created the character. This weekend I traveled into Hollywood to see the 50th anniversary of My Fair Lady with the beautiful Audrey Hepburn and boy was it a treat. My Fair Lady was a big budget film Designer and you can see every penny on the screen. Beginning with designer Cecil Beaton who did an amazing job coordinating the vestment’s. There were three main dresses that are stuck in my mind and you can tell Beaton outdid himself while creating them. Three dresses stuck in my head Eliza’s Ascot Dress, Eliza’s White Ball Gown, and her Pink Gown. The detail and beauty of the gowns are pretty immeasurable. My Fair Lady was one of the last Hollywood films to give work to the expansive flocks of artisans on which the film conglomerates had been built. The picture shows a splendor in production that would soon vanish from the curtain. The art of wardrobe and costumes is something artfully creative and full of talent. The way something is thought out, created, and put together really is a craft. Costuming must have been a lot of fun back then and I’m sure it still is today. If you enjoy costuming/wardrobe, and makeup I suggest you check out this film and take notes because it sure is a great one. My Fair Lady is playing at selected theaters throughout Southern California. Happy 50th Anniversary My Fair Lady!

“The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she is treated.” – Eliza Doolittle

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