I discovered classiq via Vintage Lifestyle Magazine. We both featured as VLM's top favourite blogs (in their birthday issue), go here to have a look. Inevitably, I checked out Ada Burciu's blog, I'm first and foremost impressed with her eye for style but secondly and most importantly I love her blog posts on old classic movies, she so wonderfully describes the style of different characters, it's informative and really interesting. My most favourite posts at the moment are: North by Northwest and Designing Woman. Below are some images and a few excerpts from these posts but I highly recommend you go have a look and read them in depth.
“Hitchcock made everybody in the picture dress in a classic style… He didn’t want the picture to date because of the clothes. There’s not one outfit I couldn’t wear today with a few minor adjustments and not look stylish.” Eva Marie Saint
"There is one particularity about Eva Marie Saint’s costumes in this movie: her wardrobe was entirely shopped directly off the models at Bergdorf Goodman as opposed to leaving all or part of it to be designed (and especially in the case of a Hitchcock film, who was famous for making the clothes in his film an integral part of the characters portrayed on screen)".
"Roger Thornhill (played by Cary Grant) goes through every possible ordeal in North by Northwest, but he remains perfectly dressed and unruffled. His suit gets sometimes a little dusty or scuffed, but nothing a good dry cleaner couldn’t take care of in a few hours. This is how it should be with a good suit. And the suit was Cary Grant’s grand achievement..."
"The suit jacket in North by Northwest is ventless and Cary is always wearing it unbuttoned at the last button. This helps his suit move gracefully with him during his unrelenting ride. Cary used to customize his suits and have his tailor lenghten the single or double vents of the suits beyond their normal boundaries. This made the jackets more functional and also created the illusion of greater height and slimness..."
Images are slightly altered because the movie is widescreen.
“Lauren Bacall has a perfect figure for clothes and a genuine feeling for them” (Helen Rose- MGM's head designer)".
"Polished and impeccably tailored, with a clean, classic line and in a wide range of colours (Helen Rose knew how to use colour) from black and navy to red, green and orange, they fit perfectly and are very functional too, one other detail that Helen paid great attention to.."
“I don’t think clothes make the woman. I’m a firm believer that women make the clothes. To me a woman should be like a beautiful jewel and the clothes just a setting, our background. Chic, styled, flattering, but basically simple.” Helen Rose
The name is Romy Alfino, I reside in Cape Town, South Africa. This is a personal blog about fashion, vintage, art and photography. I share images for your visual pleasure
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