Hollywood studio wardrobe department, c.a. 1939. Image: The wonderful Beguiling Hollywood

Our pal, Sally Silverscreen of the marvelous 18 Cinema Lane, tagged us with the “Flaming Hot…5 Reasons Why” Tag, where participants select five characters from film and/or television they think is “swoon-worthy”.

Dear Reader, there are so many swoon-worthy characters in film and television that we simply could not narrow them down to five.

What we can do, however, is list five costume designers from Classic Hollywood whose job it was to make actors look swoon-worthy.

In no particular order, we present some of our favourite designers, with images from Pinterest.

Orry-Kelly – Warner Bros.

Three-time Oscar winner Orry George Kelly was born in Australia and moved to New York City with acting ambitions. He began designing sets and costumes on Broadway, and was hired by Warner Bros. in 1932 as their head costume designer. Above: Orry-Kelly design for Bette Davis in Bordertown (1935).

Hubert de Givenchy

At the age of 25, Hubert de Givenchy became a notable fashion designer in Paris. He opened his own design house in 1952, and became even more famous for his clients, which included Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Audrey Hepburn. Above: The iconic Givenchy dress for Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961).

Irene – MGM

Irene Lentz learned how to sew as a child and, as an adult, she designed fashions for the wealthy clients of the luxury Bullocks Wilshire department store. Before she became the leading costume supervisor at MGM, she designed clothing for some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. Above: Irene design for friend Doris Day in Lover Come Back (1961).

Adrian – MGM

Adrian Adolph Greenburg studied Fine Art in New York and Paris before venturing to Hollywood. He was hired by MGM in 1928 and soon after signed a contract as head designer. His name often appeared as “Gowns by Adrian” in film credits, due to his sumptuous gown designs. Above: Adrian design for Greta Garbo in Inspiration (1931).

Edith Head – Paramount Studios

Edith Head is an Oscar record-holder with eight (!) Academy Awards. She began her career in 1925 at Paramount, and eventually became one of the most influential designers in Hollywood. She also published a book on dressing for success. Above: Edith Head design for Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun (1951).

What about you? Do you have five “Flaming Hot” choices in film or television? Share your choices in the comments below!

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