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Donfeld 1967 Costume Sketches for Claudia Cardinale


Recently while visiting Retro Renovation, one of my favorite blogs, I ran across a post about the amazing estate sale find of one of their readers.   Apparently this gentlemen discovered a pile of authentic costume sketches done by Donfeld for Claudia Cardinale, to be worn in the 1967 movie “Don’t Make Waves”., which also starred Tony Curtis and Sharon Tate.  They even have the original fabric swatches and they’re signed! Can you even stand it?   At first he walked away from them, but changed his mind and went back and scooped them up. Smart man!!

Donfeld was a famous designer who began creating costumes  for movies and television back in 1960.  He dressed Barbara Streisand, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, Lee Remick,  Jane Fonda and many other stars.  He was nominated for four academy awards and beside “Don’t Make Waves” he also created the wardrobes for many other films, including “Days of Wine and Roses”, “Return to Peyton Place”, “Viva Las Vegas”, “Robin and the Seven Hoods”, “Fun with Dick and Jane” and “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They”.

So, needless to say, this lucky guy stumbled across quite the treasure according to a recent appraisal.  I am absolutely GREEN with envy.

Have a look at some of the sketches below. The fashions are  perfect for the late 60s swinging Malibu  beach movie.  You can see more of the sketches here.

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Have you ever been at a garage sale, flea market or thrift and scored a really cool vintage collectible that you picked up for a song and then later found out it was worth oodles of money?  Feel free to email me about it.  I’ll be happy to do a “Show and tell”  post about your fabulous find.

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Midnight Palace contest-your chance to win three classic movies


Movie contest
 Just discovered a contest being run by The Midnight Palace,  a fun and very informative website about the golden era of classic movies. They're giving  away sets of three famous film classics, Roman Holiday, Sunset Boulevard and Sabrina, all  being released in two disc special editions as part of Paramount's Centennial Collection.

The contest ends on December 4.  You need to answer the question "Which classic actress was known as the "Queen of tap dancing?"  They will choose three winners at random from all the correct submissions and each winner gets all three movies!
For more information go here

Midnight Palace is for lovers of classic Hollywood. Full of reviews, articles and interviews covering the movie industry from 1900-1955. There's even an online course in "film noir" and a forum for like minded enthusiasts of all things classic, whether it be film, radio, tv or fashion.

This website should have a warning label on the home page, as it's very addictive!

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A Visual Vintage Treat-Nicole Kidman’s period costumes for Australia


Picked up the latest issue of Vogue while on the road for my summer buying trip.  So I settled down in my hotel room anxious to peruse the spread of Nicole Kidman in Catherine Martin’s exquiste costumes designed for her latest film, Australia.  And  I was not disappointed.  It’s a magical combination of Annie Leibovitz photography and the beautiful Nicole wearing outfits by the woman who also designed the amazing costumes for “Moulin Rouge”.

The movie takes place in Australia in the 1940’s and involves a love affair between an aristocratic Englishwoman, played by Nicole, and the rugged, hunky Hugh Jackman.  I’ve included a clip below on the costume design for the film, where you get a chance to admire his tighfitting moleskins. Lord have mercy! The movie’s worth going to just to see him.

Anyway, onto the Vogue spread. Here’s the cover shot. This gown has already been recreated and is being sold at Bergdorf Goodman for $9800.00. Salvatore Ferragamo has also recreated a line of vintage style shoes from the movie.


I absolutely adore these costumes.  Ms.Martin’s designs captured Lady Sarah Ashley’s character so well. Even the safari outfit is ladylike and classy.

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Couldn’t resist adding this one.  As if it wasn’t hot enough in the Australian outback already!

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Film clip on costume design for the movie.

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