A costume continuity file of Kim Novak and Vera Miles for Vertigo

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A costume continuity file of Kim Novak and Vera Miles for Vertigo

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A costume continuity file of Kim Novak and Vera Miles for Vertigo
Paramount Pictures, 1958. Comprising twenty-six 4 x 5 in. wardrobe test photos of Vera Miles, with 6 pp of notes pertaining to the dual roles of Madeleine and Judy, with 2 mimeographed pages of "Tentative wardrobe for 'Renee' / Vera Miles / Winter 1957 - San Francisco" under the working film title of From Amongst the Dead, with 2 black fabric swatches and additional notes on 2 postcards and scrap paper; 3 pages of notes pertaining to the Barbara Bel Geddes character of Midge; 8 wardrobe test photographs, approximately 3.25 x 1.25 in., of Kim Novak, with 7 pages of notes regarding the costumes of characters Madeleine and Judy; and 17 similarly sized wardrobe photos of Barbara Bel Geddes, Ellen Corby, Lee Patrick, and other female cast members, with 7 pages of notes, with characters' names written on the top right of each page. The notes for each costume detail the scene in which the costume is worn, color, fabric, corresponding jewelry and accessories, and more. For her dual roles in Vertigo, actress Vera Miles required two wardrobes to reflect the opposite personalities of her characters. Designer Edith Head created a muted palette for the elegant Madeleine and a brasher palette for the unsophisticated Judy. As fate would have it, Miles, who always flew under the radar but was an excellent actress, became pregnant and had to forego what could have been the role of her career. Enter Kim Novak, who had to contend with the costumes already created for Miles. As the story goes, Novak professed to never wearing suits and balked at the gray suit costume; Head went straight to Hitchcock (who apparently loved gray suits on his leading ladies), who insisted Novak wear the ensemble. The suit is memorable despite, or maybe because of, its plainness, and it sold here at Bonhams in 2016 for $28,000.
8.5 x 11 in.
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A costume continuity file of Kim Novak and Vera Miles for Vertigo
A costume continuity file of Kim Novak and Vera Miles for Vertigo
A costume continuity file of Kim Novak and Vera Miles for Vertigo
A costume continuity file of Kim Novak and Vera Miles for Vertigo
A costume continuity file of Kim Novak and Vera Miles for Vertigo
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