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“Blood and brains and pizazz”

August 4, 2009

Went back to my Funny Face DVD to carry on screenshotting, and realised how many nice design elements there are in this film (before we’ve even got to Audrey Hepburn’s entrance!) So I couldn’t resist taking a few non-Audrey ones.

I love the character Kay Thompson plays in this film, the hard-nosed editor of “Quality” magazine Maggie Prescott. Although Givenchy provided Hepburn’s Paris outfits in the film, Edith Head took care of the rest of the costumes. The wardrobe she cooked up for Maggie Prescott is stylish, strong, tailored and mostly greys, blacks and neutrals. She also wears a lot of sailor collars.

And she also talks a lot of sense. In the pic below she’s lamenting the latest yet-to-be-released issue of Quality magazine is the worst in 60 years: “I will have failed the great American woman. The great American woman who stands out there naked waiting for me to tell her what to wear. It doesn’t speak…. A magazine must be like a human being. If it comes into the home it must contribute, it just can’t lie around. A magazine must have blood and brains and pizazz…”

And I can’t help but covet her workspace. Glass of freshly sharpened perfect pointed pencils- check. Glass jars of what could be buttons or sweets- check. Elegant Louis style chair, and velvet cushions for lounging on during that 3pm mental slump- check.

Posse of colour-coordinated assistants/sycophants. Enormous cupboard full of fabric inspiration for playing with. Check, check.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 4, 2009 1:15 pm

    I love the opening of this film. My favorite bit of this movie is after she goes on and on about how pink is the new black and this is what every woman should be wearing and all the assistants are dressed in head to toe pink. She admits that she doesn’t follow trends and wouldn’t be caught dead in pink. love it!

    • glassoffashion permalink
      August 4, 2009 1:25 pm

      Amy, you’ve read my mind!- I’m going to deal with the Think Pink sequence later in the week as a separate post. And, yes, I too love the bit where Maggie claims she wouldn’t be seen dead in pink :)

  2. August 5, 2009 6:14 pm

    I have to watch this film! Looks great, sounds very funny. Hope you enjoy Coco, might you possibly do a post on the costumes like you did for Cherie? No pressure!

    • glassoffashion permalink
      August 5, 2009 6:43 pm

      Oh, why yes, I think a post is a distinct possibility :) My attempts to see Coco Before Chanel today were thwarted though- I turned up at the cinema and it turned out they’d misadvertised the time and weren’t showing it. Aarg.

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