Hollywood Couture: Fellini’s 8½

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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  (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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