In my last Fashion in Film post, I talked about how costumes can reveal a lot about what a character is like and what they’re feeling. Now let’s move to the other end of the spectrum where the costumes might not be as insightful, but perfectly represent what the movie was supposed to be. Top Hat is one of the greatest musicals to come out during the Great Depression and one of the finest pairings of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Depression era musicals were all about escapism and fantasy and Top Hat definitely has plenty of that.
All About Eve is a movie that I firmly believe deserves every accolade it’s received over the years. While there is no shortage of acclaim for its acting, direction, and writing, the costuming by Edith Head and Charles Le Maire absolutely can’t be ignored. This is a prime example of how costume design can be so much more than pretty dresses. Here, we’ve got costumes that say so much about the characters and what they’re feeling at the time.