Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Case Study: Robert Redford

Robert Redford received an Academy Award for directing Ordinary People in 1980, and also a second Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 2002. Redford played a number of classic costume roles. Above, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, 1969, costumes by Diana Wilson, follows classic Western protocol. During 1974, Redford was filming 2 different films with different, equally strong costume styles - The Great Gatsby and 3 Days of the Condor.

The Great Gatsby is Fitzgerald's story of a man driven by wealth and love. It is set in the early 20th century New York area. The film won an academy award for Best Costumes by Theoni Aldredge.

Redford as Gatsby in one of the many suits featured in the film. White dominates the color palette, accented by light blue and golden yellow.

Defining accessory - the Fedora.
Below the early 20th century swimsuit defines the aesthetic of the scene.

3 Days of the Condor had costumes designed by Joseph Aulisi. The film was set in the present of 1974 New York. It takes place over 3 days but Redford plays a CIA agent Joseph Turner on the run, so he only has one look for the entire film. He wears a tweed jacket over a blue shit, brown tie and jeans, with an occasional black sweater or black pea coat.

Also known as 3 Days of the Collar

Defining accessory - Ray Ban Aviators

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