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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:31 AM
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What is your choice for the best film costume ever worn?
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 02:16 AM by anneboleyn
What would you consider to be the best film costume ever worn? I am thinking of one of those scene or, better, film-stealing pieces that creates its own visual dimension in the film -- a costume or outfit that once worn, changes our sense of the character and his/her fate forever.

My choices:

1. Keira Knightley's green silk backless 1930s-era gown in Atonement
2. Ilsa's white suit in Casablanca
3. Scarlett's "curtain dress" in Gone with the Wind
4. Darth Vader's entire all-black ensemble, worn when we first behold him on screen in the original Star Wars (very GenX of me)

My top choice is Keira Knightley's green dress in Atonement. That dress just had this perfect quality -- the vibrant shade of brilliant green, worn by a beautiful actress at precisely the right moment in the film -- a crucial turning point when love and tragedy meet and merge (ah, James McAvoy as the tragic Robbie Turner...when he first catches sight of Keira (as Cecilia) in that gorgeous frock...).



Apologies -- I am too illiterate technologically to post a pic, so here is a link to a good image of Knightley in the dress, without her smoking. If anyone else can post the pic, I would greatly appreciate it!Thanks to everyone for your ideas.
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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:33 AM
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1. Oh, never mind, the picture turns up anyway! Love that dress!
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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:47 PM
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39. Here is the original pic I posted, without the weird elbow (not breast!), and with the cigarette.
I think the dress looks better in this image. She is standing in front of the family's palatial home, waiting for her lover Robbie (the son of a servant on the estate played by the marvelous James McAvoy) to return to her. Of course when he does a tragic event takes place so it's a poignant moment...


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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 06:01 PM
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98. She's poignant in that picture? Funny, she sure doesn't look poignant. How far along is she?
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NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:58 AM
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2. In the picture, she's stuck some burning biomass in her mouth.
It's very unsexy.
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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 02:01 AM
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3. Yes, that is a problem. The film is set in 1935 and in England so there is some smoking going on.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:36 PM
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20. I'm a non-smoker and I say show the cigarette pic.
It's faithful to the time and material. Not everyone is so sqeamish about it.

Do we have to allow PC police censor everything they find objectionable?
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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:49 PM
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40. I agree -- I posted the original pic, which I think shows the full beauty of the dress.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:30 PM
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53. Thanks - that is a great pic
...and not at all objectionable IMO. :patriot:
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 06:04 PM
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99. Saying that cigarettes aren't attractive is not "censoring" anything.
It's just as PC to accuse anyone's contrary opinion of being censorship.
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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 02:06 AM
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4. Updated, without the objectionable cigarette.
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 02:17 AM by anneboleyn
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AllenVanAllen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 02:19 AM
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5. I don't know if this fits



but I think Tim Curry as Darkness from Legend




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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 02:37 AM
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6. I think it fits -- I nominated Darth Vader! I LOVE Tim Curry in this film. And Mia Sara.
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AllenVanAllen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 02:50 AM
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7. and
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 03:31 AM by AllenVanAllen


David Bowie as Jereth the Goblin King from Labyrinth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fi1A9s6WTiw









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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:07 PM
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28. Yes, one of my favorites. I loved Bowie in this role and wondered why Jennifer Connelly didn't feel
the same -- who doesn't want to be the Queen of a magical land if David Bowie is your King?? And indeed, the fantastic attire made the role. I love the Edwardian (maybe Victorian?) cut of his jacket.
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:47 PM
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38. I was able to answer that one when I was a kid. Connelly's character discovers at the end
that the land of the Labyrinth really isn't a magical fantasy land. At least not in a good way. It's a place of deception and danger. A place where the only appealing fantasy was the result of a drug-induced delusion (the hallucinatory ball that appears when she eats the peach.) And the Goblin King isn't magnificent and awe-inspiring at all. He's a lonely and slightly pathetic conjuror who can't even win the love and respect of a self-absorbed junior high school girl.

While we're on the subject, I nominate Jennifer Connelly and her ball gown.

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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:19 PM
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48. Oh, I loved that gown. And well-put -- though I have to admit that the dark and dangerous aspects
are what attracted me to Bowie's Goblin King. And I found his loneliness and isolation appealing. Of course I was also a fan of Tim Curry as Darkness in Legend, so I was clearly drawn to the troubled types!

When I first saw Labyrinth, I believe I was in junior high -- and I thought Connelly's dress was the most perfect thing I had ever seen, a perfect prom gown (!). Those puffy sleeves!
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:51 PM
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56. I saw Labyrinth in the theaters only a few weeks before I shipped out for the Army.
I had the most awful, heart-rending schoolboy crush on Jennifer Connelly back then. (I was only 17) Her face haunted me every night after lights out during Basic Training. That first scene ("Give me the child...") and the ballroom scene. I was a little obsessed... B-)
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AllenVanAllen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:43 PM
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63. I had a crush on Jennifer Connelly too.



And I also 17 at the time. I still think she's very attractive but a little too thin now.








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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:54 PM
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66. I thought she was beautiful in that film, with that luscious dark hair.
Of course, I happened to like Bowie in that film, but I remember those teenage crushes. I had a desperate crush on Sting, wallpaperd my room with The Police posters, etc.
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AllenVanAllen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:29 PM
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61. I was a big fan of The Muppets



and of Bowie's music so when this came out I thought the whole thing was very cool.





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Ikonoklast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 01:29 PM
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85. I don't think that counts.
That's what Bowie wore when he showed up on the set the first day of the shoot, I think it was the first thing he grabbed out of his closet.
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Lorax7844 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 09:53 PM
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131. Chewbacca and Tim Curry IS Pennywise
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 05:57 PM
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27. I would have to say, that is definitely one of the best.
I don't know which one I would say is the absolute best, but this one is definitely in the running.
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AllenVanAllen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:27 PM
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60. The time Darkness spends on the screen



really stayed with me. It was an excellent re envisioning of such a classic design.


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AllenVanAllen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 03:53 AM
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8. I have to mention Heath Ledger
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 03:56 AM by AllenVanAllen



as the Joker from Batman: The Dark Knight


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pMT2t00GO0







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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:58 PM
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42. I thought the reinterpretation of the Joker (by Heath) was really brilliant. He made it his own.
Heath was such a gifted actor. Sigh.
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:13 AM
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9. Lawrence of Arabia
When Lawrence starts wearing the robes of a Bedouin sheik, he's no longer just another hoo-hum luftenant, but becomes someone out of legend.

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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:32 AM
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79. Remember Mad magazine's take on that scene with Lawrence singing "I Feel Pretty?"
Yes, it IS a great moment:

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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 10:07 AM
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80. I do.
Mad mag taught us first wave baby boomers how to snark.

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HamdenRice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:32 AM
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10. Pan's Labyrinth
Not only because of the amazing costumes, but the way the actors/mimes used them. The Fawn was played by a master mime/puppeteer. The "costume" is part costume, part puppet which the actor manipulated while is the front of the costume. The rest of his body was blackout out in post production. That allowed the Fawn to have an otherworldy, unbalanced gait, and made him one of the most eerie creatures ever created for cinema, only outdone by the monster with eyes in his hands in the same film:



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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:29 PM
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49. I think del Toro is the best fantasy director right now and perfect for The Hobbit.
We thought Pan's Labyrinth was one of the best fantasy films ever made and the imagination that went into those costumes -- very impressive work by a very talented team, lead by a gifted director.
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 07:53 PM
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120. Pan's Labyrinth is one of the most visually arresting films I have ever seen -
other than Satyricon.
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:27 AM
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11. I shall give some love to Dick Shawn in "The Producers"


The Campbell's soup can around his neck is brill.
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Glorfindel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:01 AM
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12. Hugo Weaving's costume in "V for Vendetta"

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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:10 AM
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13. Jackie Chan in the big blue foam dolphin costume.
I think the movie was called "First Strike".

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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:12 AM
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14. Oh, wait a minute. That's her right elbow.
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Brother Buzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:26 PM
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17. I was scratching my head, too
My mind was standing next to the curb looking at a '55 DeVille and dreaming of Dagmar. You know what I mean, Vern?

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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:08 PM
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29. Oh my goodness -- I will post the first pic. Keira is not that well-endowed!
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keroro gunsou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:34 PM
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107. that's her elbow.
eol.
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:03 AM
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15. If Dr. Strange were here, he'd nominate Matilda May in Lifeforce.
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petronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:32 PM
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55. Indeed, that was an inspirational costume
:9
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Dr. Strange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 04:34 PM
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91. Or Natasha Henstridge from Species.
He's so predictable.
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Ivan Sputnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:05 PM
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16. Liz "Cleopatra" Taylor in solid gold duds
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:32 PM
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18. 3 iconic outfits




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Demoiselle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:42 PM
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22. Nah, 3 iconic bodies. nt
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 04:38 PM
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25. This is the iconic outfit
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 05:01 PM
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26. Holly Golightly in the LIttle Black Dress eating Breakfast At Tiffanys
of course :thumbsup:
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:21 PM
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30. Then there's the not so little Black Dress icon.
Rita Hayworth, Gilda

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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 04:06 PM
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87. That black dress and the way Hayworth wears it = Byron's poem "She walks in beauty like the night"
brought to life --

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:27 PM
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31. I look like that
on weekends. :rofl: NOT
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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:41 PM
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51. And I never noticed Marilyn's shoes before! Love the strappy sandals...
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 06:07 PM
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100. I think that first one isn't MM, but an impersonator
Which of course only underscores the "iconic" bit
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Jade Fox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 09:29 PM
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125. I'm sure those were not the shoes MM wore.......nt
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:34 PM
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19. k

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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:38 PM
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21. Carol Burnett in Bob Mackie's "Went With the Wind"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6bOpJ5elW8

I love movie costume--and this is the creme de la creme.
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 07:49 AM
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75. Still the funniest line ever on television:
"Thank you. I saw it in the window and couldn't resist it."
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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 08:36 AM
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76. + 1
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RubyDuby in GA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 07:17 PM
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119. Exactly! It's the first thing I thought of too.
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:06 PM
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23. First thing that came to mind was...
...the trench coat getup from The Matrix.

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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 02:48 PM
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24. Grace Kelly, Rear Window


Edith Head could make a fire plug look elegant.

With Kelly to work with, drop dead 50's glam.
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omega minimo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:27 PM
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32. Good call
:thumbsup:
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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:39 PM
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35. Everything she wore in that film was gorgeous -- and of course, she wore the clothing so gracefully.
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:03 PM
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43. This timeless classic.
She moved like a swan in that dress

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redwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:30 PM
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50. Everything she wore in that film was breathtaking!
I love Rear Window, great film. And her clothing and jewelry are so amazing it's like an entire subplot.
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omega minimo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:29 PM
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33. Is she anorexic?
:wow:
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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:37 PM
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34. Knightley is very thin. She has been asked the question before, always says "No" but one wonders
as she is extremely thin. I would have loved to see this dress on say Kate Winslet -- or another actress with some serious curves -- as I think it would have been gorgeous.
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omega minimo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:42 PM
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36. It is a gorgeous gown


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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:53 PM
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41. Thanks. I love the design -- I am a fan of 1930s clothing styles and this dress was a celebration
of the beautiful lines of that time period.
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omega minimo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:06 PM
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44. I love that era too. The simple detail on the gown, the drapery. Subtle.
:bounce:
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Patiod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 10:25 AM
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82. I got cast in a show because of a dress like that
A local theater was doing "Hay Fever", and the director had already designed an amazing black dress for Myra (which is a really nice juicy part), and was casting based on who was going to look good in the dress!

Another girl read MUCH better for Myra than I did, but she was 5' and I am 5'11", so he cast me. First and ONLY time my height HELPED me get a part (usually lost out to shorter girls).

The dress was modest in the front, bt cut in the back all the way down to just above my tailbone, and I have never gotten more positive attention for a piece of clothing in my life. Men in the audience actually whistled at me!

I tried to steal it, but the director was waiting for me to hend it over immediately after the last curtain call. Damn!
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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 04:28 PM
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89. Oooh, I love your story. That gown sounds wonderful. I have never worn a backless gown
and now in my mid thirties I don't think I'd be brave enough to try -- but they can be such scene stealers, as you discovered! WOLF WHISTLES from the audience! Clothing always looks its best on tall women, like models. The dresses cut low in the back are an imaginative way to reveal one of a woman's best features, particularly the curve of her lower back.

Congrats on landing the part! I love seeing plays at our local theaters. If you want to, you should post a pic for us of you in full dress for the performance as I would love to see the dress. But don't worry about not posting it (I know it's the internet and all that! I'm not really comfortable posting pics of myself)
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Patiod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:24 PM
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106. I wish I HAD pictures
It was an amazing dress, but one of the other actors in the show broke up with me shortly afterward, and so I probably pitched all the cast photos I had.

You're right about backless revealing features that are attractive, but not over-exposed, like the curve of the lower back.

I was also younger and thinner back then - it was about 20 years ago.....

If you ever get a chance to see Hay Fever, it's very cute if you like Noel Coward.
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unpossibles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 10:03 PM
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109. thin, but not everyone who is thin is anorexic
I know I got sick of people saying that to me when I was skinny. Ironically some of the same people who used to call me fat when I was heavier, but I digress....
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 11:49 PM
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110. It kills me when people react to pics of thin but healthy actresses by saying "give her a sandwich"
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unpossibles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 09:06 AM
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114. Especially someone like Knightly who has always been thin in every picture I've seen of her
It's apparently her body type, but regardless it's none of our business and downright rude to make snarky comments about people's weight either way.

I do think it's sad when people who look completely healthy get berskinny, such as Amy Winehouse, Lindsay Lohan, Christina Ricci, etc. Granted, two of those three examples may have more to do with drugs than societal pressure, but I do wish our society had a more positive and realistic view of the human body in all of its variety.

That said, we also have a rather unhealthy culture in other ways, from our obsession with fast food and driving everywhere. Ugh. It's such a complicated issue: I think we need to be more accepting of our own and others' alleged 'flaws' but I also believe in trying to at least be active and eat well, but not just so that we look like so-called super models.

Have you seen this?
http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/blogs/vitamin-g/2...
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Withywindle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 08:59 PM
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121. I think Amy Winehouse and Lindsey Lohan are obviously unhealthy.
For obvious reasons (drugs more than EDs, but the wasting effects can be similar), but the weight isn't the most obvious visual marker - look at their SKIN. Scary! Even healthy 60-year-old women's skin doesn't look lifeless like that!

Keira Knightly, no. It's her body type. I know lots of women built like that. My mother, for one. KK (like my mom) has good skin, bright eyes, healthy hair, energy and athleticism. I don't think there's anything wrong with her. Ectomorphs exist. I'm one - not as skinny as my mom, but still in the general category--small-boned, long-limbed, high metabolism. I don't "have" anything to make me this way except skinny parents!
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Broken_Hero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:43 PM
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37. My wife says Predator
whichever stuntman put it on, the costume was pretty realistic.

I can't think of any better than the Tim Curry/Legend costume mentioned up thread.

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targetpractice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:07 PM
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45. Almost every cosutume in David Lynch's Dune...
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 07:09 PM by targetpractice
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carlyhippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:12 PM
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46. all the Joan Crawford gowns in Mommie Dearest
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 07:16 PM by carlyhippy
beautiful dresses, and the heels worn by Dunaway in the movie are beautiful, pretty clothing in that era.

Another favorite are the gowns worn by Ava Gardner (kate beckinsale) in The Aviator
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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:13 PM
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47. And a picture of the beautiful 1930s actress Myrna Loy (The Thin Man series)
She was a brilliant actress and especially wonderful in the Thin Man series (such witty repartee!). She wore a series of iconic ensembles, but here is a lovely image of her in a 1930s backless silk gown not unlike Knightley's:





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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 07:46 PM
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52. this one
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 07:50 PM by Skittles


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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:49 PM
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54. Now there are two Tim Curry votes on this thread! He has some serious mojo. Dr. Frank N. Furter --
It doesn't get better than his entrance scene in Rocky Horror, "annnnnnntici -- say it, say it! -- Pation!"
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:55 PM
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57. Whatever happened to Fay Wray?


That delicate, satin-draped frame? As it clung to her thigh, how I started to cry, 'cause I wanted to be dressed just the same...
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Flaxbee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 01:28 AM
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72. I met her in the late 1990s...
She died in 2004; she was a good friend of a good friend of mine... lovely, tiny woman. Dressed to the nines. Her birthday was a day after my friend's; they always went someplace lovely for a birthday lunch.
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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 04:44 PM
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95. Cool story! Did she live in C.A. still?
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 06:55 PM
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102. I liked him in this costume more...
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 04:02 PM
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118. FTW!!
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TokenQueer Donating Member (762 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 09:57 PM
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58. The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 09:58 PM by TokenQueer
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wickerwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 12:13 AM
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68. I love their pod feet
when they sing "I Will Survive" in the desert too.

:D
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TokenQueer Donating Member (762 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 12:48 AM
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70. Yep...
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coffeenap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:18 AM
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78. Just saw the new musical version in London--
INCREDIBLE!!!!
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TokenQueer Donating Member (762 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 10:20 AM
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81. Sweet. It's about time.
I've always thought that material lent itself to the stage so naturally. Who wrote the book and the score?
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Enrique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:03 PM
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59. Henry Fonda's bad guy outfit in "Once Upon a Time in the West"
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Strong Atheist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:30 PM
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62. Nothing...
:evilgrin:
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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:44 PM
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64. Hah! Great point. A vote for birthday suits!
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Strong Atheist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:46 PM
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65. I believe the world should be clothing
optional...

:hide:

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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 01:33 AM
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73. Seen any Ernest Borgnine films lately? nt
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Strong Atheist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 10:46 AM
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83. Everyone would look better naked... nt.
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 12:50 PM
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84. I have trouble agreeing with that. nt
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Strong Atheist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 09:53 AM
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115. Well, I do not think the human body is ugly and/or evil... nt.
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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 04:12 PM
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88. This may be inhumane of me, but I have a thing about Ernest Borgnine. He irritates me
I can't tolerate his films and his sheer doofusness (a term that should be officially coined) for more than five minutes. Very shallow, I realize...
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 04:33 PM
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90. Nah, everyone grates someone wrong. I can't stand Glenn Close, for no good reason.
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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:03 PM
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67. Peter Fonda's leather jacket in Easy Rider.


What a SEXGOD!!


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opiate69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 12:19 AM
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69. ... Jesus!
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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 04:42 PM
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94. Brilliant film and the best suit ever donned by man or woman.
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opiate69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 01:24 AM
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111. without question. :) of course, it wouldn't work if it was any other color
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fNord Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 01:13 AM
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71. Doug Bradley as Pinhead........
The bondage straps, the long leather dress, and lets not forget, the pins!


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enigmatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 01:41 AM
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74. James Dean- "Rebel Without A Cause"
Edited on Mon Aug-24-09 01:42 AM by enigmatic
I've got one of those red windbreakers just because Dean wore it in "Rebel":

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brendan120678 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:16 AM
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77. How about the clothes that...
Frulein Maria made for the von Trapp children out of her curtains?
I'd love to have some clothes made out of draperies.
Heavy, dank, drab draperies. That would be the epitome of fashion.
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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 04:37 PM
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92. Ah yes, and wouldn't you feel compelled to sing once dressed in draperies?
Lovely tunes about the national flower of Austria and kittens' whiskers?

Scarlett O'Hara had a dress made from curtains as well -- so it was popular back in those halcyon days of yore.
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 01:33 PM
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86. I don't know if graphics or animation count, but the character with the
hand/eyes in Pan's Labyrinth would get my vote.
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anneboleyn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 04:38 PM
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93. Two votes so far for this marvelous looking creature! (see earlier on the thread -- Pan's Labyrinth)
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 05:59 PM
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96. It's a ten way tie involving all the secondary characters from the 1970s Flash Gordon movie
The Flash Gordon costume itself was a work of shit, but all the back up actors looked disco-awesome.





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brettdale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 06:00 PM
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97. Darth Vader
Hes one cool mother f**ker.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 06:37 PM
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101. Well, let's see, there's Blondie from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


Indy:



The Beast from La Belle et la Bete



Brigitte Helm in Metropolis:



Maggie Hamilton:



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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 06:57 PM
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103. This one...
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 08:05 PM
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104. Wow. That actor's got more rubber on than Ron Jeremy...
:yoiks:
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 08:29 PM
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105. I don't think he ever wore any.
Not that I'd know about such perversions.....
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nytemare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 09:44 PM
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108. Tilda Swinton as Gabriel in "Constantine"
Had a bit of badass to it.

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Withywindle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 02:16 AM
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112. I think a lot of us are showing our generational markers here.
I'm casting my vote for Darth Vader, because I turned 8 in the summer of '77, and HOLEEE FUCKING SHIT I've never seen anything that impacted me like that before or since.

But here are a few I can't believe no one's nominated yet.





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CBHagman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 06:45 AM
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113. Well, since you're going to be that way about it...
...The Lion in Winter, though unfortunately this still is not in color!



More Hepburn, different year and different male co-star (That's Cary Grant with her in Bringing Up Baby, Kinder.



And of course this thread needs more Alan Rickman. Here he is with Kate Winslet in Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility.



And I know you said movies, but the very thought of men in top boots and period garb brings me to Philip Glenister in the BBC series Cranford. Here he is with Imelda Staunton, who has worn her own share of period clothing.

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Withywindle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 09:24 PM
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123. More Alan Rickman is always welcome.
And this is a pretty splendid and iconic costume --talk about the essence of a character, and one who will definitely be remembered decades from now:

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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 12:20 PM
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116. The black Batman suit
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crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 12:31 PM
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117. Kiera Knightly looks perfect in anything.
But what about this?

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Withywindle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 09:15 PM
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122. OY!
That is, indeed, iconic and unforgettable. :scared:
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crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 10:11 PM
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132. I know I can't forget it.
Seriously.
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Jade Fox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 09:25 PM
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124. A couple of choices.....
Edited on Tue Aug-25-09 09:54 PM by Jade Fox
This suit worn by Rosalind Russell in "His Girl Friday" (best picture of it I could find)



Also: Barbra Streisand's fab 60s duds in "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" (Also not a good picture).


On edit: Joseph Fiennes blue leather jacket in "Shakespeare In Love"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2XVFcfEhAk
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_dynamicdems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 09:32 PM
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126. YUL.






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Jade Fox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 09:34 PM
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127. Wonderful.....
I love the whole Egyptian motif......
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_dynamicdems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 09:43 PM
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130. Me too.
And he sure could carry it off. :)
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Avalux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 09:37 PM
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128. I'll get you my pretty!
Edited on Tue Aug-25-09 09:38 PM by Avalux
When the Wicked Witch of the West shows up for the first time right after Dorothy lands in Oz...the contrast of the smoke, her black flowing robes and green skin to the technicolor scenery - what an impact. Even thought it terrified me as a child I couldn't wait until she appeared on screen. Still love it.

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kwassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 09:38 PM
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129. Carmen Miranda





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EndersDame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-25-09 10:16 PM
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133. From The 5th Element the Diva Plava Laguna


The costumes were great in this movie
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