The other day I was watching one of the movies from my Must See Costume Movies list witch, to be honest, doesn’t exist yet but hopefully will one day. It was Francis Ford Coppola “The Cotton Club” (1984).
Costumes were designed by an Italian Milena Canonero who had stared her career in Stanley Kubrick’s “A clockwork Orange” in 1971.
Before working in “The Cotton Club” Milena Canonero had already won two Academy Awards and one BAFTA for the best Costume Design.
For that movie she did great research in museums and libraries of the City of New York. Although she gathered a lot of original costumes from the decades of 1920 and 1930, she had to design new costumes too, especially for dancers.
Costumes worn by the artists from Cotton Club are great example of elegance and glamour of the Jazz era in New York in 1930s.
Milena Canonero admitted that one of the most important things were the hats as nowadays it is quite difficult to find professionals who can made them as they used to be. ( Interview with Milena Canonero “ SCREENCRAFT Costume design” by Debora Nadoolman Landis)
Hope You enjoy this movie and it´s great costumes.
Pictures I used in images are from http://www.imdb.com.