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Hats have always been used in the cinema as more or less simple disguises or accessories and have often been remembered by the most passionate cinephiles when the characteristic characters of their favorite characters have been revealed. Very often it is the costume designers who make them on the set, but in some cases the production companies have turned to real experts in the field, as in the case of the Pieroni artisan workshop, which since the 1940s has produced hats for costumes of almost all Italian historical films. and international, such as “The Duchess” (2008), “Marie Antoinette” (2006), “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014) and many others. Even today, Pieroni is a reference point for artisan-quality film products, always made after in-depth research that makes them unique and beautiful garments. After all, who would Carmen Miranda be without her crooked turbans? In the film “Banana Split: The Band’s All Here” from 1943, she is seen wearing a wealth of colorful accessories, even wearing a headdress full of fruit during the stage, where she performs singing in “The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat” and in which she dances surrounded by dozens of dancers spinning around with banana helmets.
Among the most famous costume designers, we remember instead Jean Barthet, who became known as the “star hat maker” in French and Hollywood cinema from the 1950s onwards, he made hats for films such as “The Young Girls of Rochefort” (1967) with Catherine Deneuve and she helped define the most popular hat styles in the sixties as Fedora, she also designed Sophia Loren’s favorite hats, which she wore over the years both on the big screen and in private. Another famous designer was Orry-Kelly, who was head of the costume department at Warner Brothers during the heyday of American film, among his best works are the costumes designed for Bette Davis in “Now, Voyager” (1942). Instead, Sir Cecil Beaton devoted only part of his career to costume design, but during that time he created Oscar-winning masterpieces such as “Gigi” (1958) and “My Fair Lady” (1964). It would be impossible to name all the hats that have appeared in the movies, but it is only right to think of a selection of those that have been the most iconic. The costumes in the movie “To catch a Thief” (1955) are breathtaking, especially the stunning black and white beach hat designed by costume designer Edith Head worn by Grace Kelly with a remarkable style.
Holly Golightly is one of the most beloved characters in film history thanks to her unique personality, but above all thanks to her unmistakable style shown in the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961), where she was able to wear some incredible accessories including the ornate black hat from a maxi cream-colored bow. Audrey Hepburn also wore the huge feather hat designed by Sir Cecil Beaton to play Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” (1964), the accessory has undoubtedly helped to make the scene portraying the actress on the racetrack famous. Ascot intended to disguise himself. for a respectable high society woman. The hat was then auctioned in 2011 for $ 3.7 million along with the matching dress. The beret worn by Faye Dunaway to play history’s most famous outlaw in “Bonnie And Clyde” (1967), has become an icon of 1960s fashion and a symbol of rebellion even today. Although it was not the first time the story of the two criminals was interpreted, it is also thanks to Bonnie’s appearance that it captured the public the most.
Barbra Streisand gave her audience an excellent rendition of Fanny, a girl with great talent and a sense of humor in the 1968 film “Funny Girl,” for which she won the Oscar for Best Actress. To add character to the character, no doubt the costumes were worn by Streisand, the most memorable being definitely the one chosen for the iconic opening scene where she looks in the mirror says “Hello BeautifulThe combination of the more expensive cloche hat with the leopard print coat gave the protagonist the touch of luxurious elegance and glamor typical of successful divas at the height of their careers. The costumes worn by Mia Farrow as Daisy in the film adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” (1974), has been dealt with in detail, but the accessory that most made the character unique is the magnificent pearl headdress in pastel colors.
Annie Hall’s style, played by Diane Keaton in the movie “Me and Annie” (1977), has often been called masculine because of her penchant for oversized suits and men’s accessories such as ties, and if at the time it was considered an eccentric style, it is now a source of inspiration for the new generation celebrating oversized fashion. The accessory that best knew the protagonist’s style is the large bowler hat, which is said to belong to Keaton’s wardrobe, which certainly took inspiration and at the same time influenced the style of her character. “Pretty Woman” (1990) is one of them. of the most original romantic films ever, and which has left its mark on an entire generation. In the role of Vivian, Julia Roberts conquered Hollywood and became one of the most famous actresses, and this too thanks to the amazing change of appearance that made the character even more believable. From the crop top, her style has evolved into the lovely brown polka dot dress, worn with the gorgeous white hair adorned by the scarf that captures the pattern of the dress.
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