For more than a century, Hollywood has been a major influence in determining what is stylish.  While you may not know the names of many Costume Designers, their work is an integral part of the cinema experience. Here’s a look at our picks for some of the best-dressed characters to ever grace the silver screen!


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    RAMESES – Standing out against the backdrop of Cecille B. De Mille’s epic The Ten Commandments was no small feat, but the wardrobe donned by the jealous Prince of Egypt “Rameses” manages to do just that. Oh, and having a gleaming, toned physique doesn’t hurt, either. COSTUMES BY: Arnold Friberg, Edith Head, Dorothy Jenkins, John Jensen, Ralph Jester. (Photo credit:
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    Scarlett O'Hara
    Scarlett O'Hara – 1939’s Gone with the Wind was a spectacle of colossal proportions and offered audiences something rarely seen before: a strong stubborn Southern Belle who was as courageous as she was stylish. Ms. O’Hara also gets extra points for ingenuity. After all, how many of us can make a dress made out of drapes look chic? COSTUMES BY: Walter Plunkett.
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    Rose De Witt Brukater
    Rose De Witt Brukater – In 1997’s Titanic, turn-of-the-century style was brought to life in vivid color aboard the doomed ocean liner. From dramatic chapeaus to elaborate beaded evening looks, Rose’s traveling trunk was packed with amazing and gorgeous gear. COSTUME DESIGNER: Deborah L. Scott
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    Jay Gatsby
    Jay Gatsby – The 1974 adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic novel The Great Gatsby is a stunning portrait of 1920’s Hamptons summer chic. The debonair and illusive Jay Gatsby smoothly transitions between crisp summer whites by day to tailored tuxedoes by night. COSTUMES EXECUTED BY: Barbara Matera.
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    Mame Dennis
    Mame Dennis – In 1958’s classic film Auntie Mame - based on real-life Manhattan socialite Mame Dennis - audiences are treated to fabulous looks ranging from colorful casual separates to classic, form-fitting couture. Mame’s penchant for experimenting with hair color – even in scenes set during the Depression – further solidifies her spot as a screen style maven! COSTUMES BY: Orry-Kelly.
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    Louis McKay
    Louis McKay – In the 1972 biopic Lady Sings the Blues, Louis McKay offers a strong and very well-suited shoulder for the beleaguered Billie Holiday to lean on. COSTUMES BY: Ray Aghayan and Bob Mackie.
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    Holly Golightly
    Holly Golightly –In addition to setting audiences gently adrift along a “Moon River” 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s introduced the world to the iconic Holly Golightly – a fashion-savvy self-made New Yorker with a daydreamer’s sensibility. HOLLY GOLIGHTLY’S COSTUMES BY: Hubert de Givenchy
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    John Shaft
    John Shaft – Got something to say about John Shaft’s threads? You betta shut yo’ mouth! In 1971 – clad in sumptuous turtle necks and smooth leather jackets - John Shaft defined the decade’s street style with swagger that was part hero, part heartbreaker and all cool. COSTUMES BY: Joe Aulisi.
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    Sam Rothstein
    Sam Rothstein – The 1995 Scorcese-helmed saga Casino - set in the glory days of Las Vegas in the 1970’s and early ‘80’s – offered a glimpse at a rarely seen era in underworld history, and Sam Rothstein’s vivid, colorful couture serves a stark contrast to the typical gangland uniform of leather jackets and conservative suits. COSTUMES BY: John Dunn, Rita Ryack.
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    Turbo and Ozone
    Turbo & Ozone – 1984’s Breakin’ brought hip hop and street dance culture to mainstream audiences. In addition to showing off their popping and locking skills, Turbo and Ozone showed that the fashion was as much a part of their world as their dance moves. COSTUME DESIGNER: Dana Lyman.
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    James Bond
    James Bond – 007 has been putting the style in Her Majesty’s Secret Service for nearly 50 years. From clothes to cars to totally killer gadgets, nobody makes espionage look better than Bond. Skyfall COSTUMES BY: Janie Temime.


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