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Hollywood Couture: Fellini’s 8Β½
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Federico Fellini’s films were powered by the director’s exquisite vision. To successfully execute her, he needed a talented crew surrounding him. For the wardrobe department, Fellini trusted noted costume designer Piero Gherardi; they worked together in Nights of Cabiria, Juliet of the Spirits, La Dolce Vita, and 8Β½ (for which he won an Academy Award).
This 1963 film features some surrealist elements, which provide the necessary atmosphere for its dream/dream-like sequences. Besides cinematography and set design, Gherardi’s extravagant costumes are a crucial part of it. Each of them creates a cinematic identity for the characters, reflecting its personality and relation with other characters in a given scene. Gherardi and Fellini created dozens of outfits, from a prostitute’s dirty rags to half a dozen clowns’s striped garments. There’s even a catwalk in the end! It’s italian style at its best. 

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