June 07, 2019

While we’ve been editing Script for Scandal we’ve also been at work on a top secret project. One we can finally talk about—and rest assured we’ll be talking about it for the entire summer.

We’re hosting a movie series at SIFF Cinema! Dressed to the Nines: Cinema Style, which spotlights costume design at the height of the studio system, kicks off on July 20 and continues every Saturday afternoon for the next five weeks. Here’s the line-up we’ll be introducing—

July 20 – Singin’ in the Rain (1952) – costume design by Walter Plunkett

July 27 – Mildred Pierce (1945) – costume design by Milo Anderson

August 3 – 42nd Street (1933) – costume design by Orry-Kelly

August 10 – Gilda (1946) – costume design by Jean Louis

August 17 – The Women (1939) – costume design by Adrian

August 24 – Rear Window (1954) – costume design by Edith Head

What, did you think we weren’t going to close with Edith?

We’ve had the pleasure of working with SIFF since it became home to Noir City Seattle back in 2007. After this year’s festival wrapped, we approached SIFF’s artistic director Beth Barrett about a series focusing on costume design. Beth put us together with Nick Bruno, SIFF’s public cinema programs manager, and we set to work brainstorming. We considered dozens of titles and learned so much from Nick about how to structure a series like this one. We couldn’t be happier about the six films we’re showcasing, which span the decades and touch on a range of genres. We’re even more excited about helping to show these classic movies the way they were meant to be seen—on a big screen, with an appreciative audience.

The press coverage has already started: Seattle’s alternative newspaper The Stranger put Dressed to the Nines front and center in its Art & Performance Quarterly. If you’re in Seattle, spend your summer at the movies with us!

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