CDG - The Costume Designer

Winter 2023

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Dietrich's shocking display of gender fluidity was a direct challenge to both the military uniform and the exclusive terrain of class and convention—the gentleman and his riding suit. Turning the color white into a dare, Banton used Swarovski crystals to keep the cam- era and Cary Grant's eyes on the star. The utilitarian side stripe was born to cover un- sightly seams and possible misfortune when dismounting a horse. Banton's crystal side stripes emphasized Dietrich's long legs and quite possibly contributed to Grant's certain unraveling. She was as much a man as he and a better woman. To memorialize this cultural shift Swarovski's Kristallwelten Wattens museum in Austria dedicated a 'Chambers of Wonder' to talent and the costumes worn for iconic performances. by Bobi Garland 43

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