After a month filled with cool blonde beauties, Turner Classic Movies ends their November 'Battle' tonight with a couple of real contenders--Hitchcock Heroines Kim Novak and Grace Kelly. Kim, of course, was wonderful in Vertigo (1958), but Grace was reportedly Alfred Hitchcock's favorite blonde. Proving the point, she appeared in three of his films and would have made another but was unfortunately required to retire when she became Her Royal Highness of Monaco. The movies that Grace did make with him--Dial M for Murder (1954), Rear Window (1954), and To Catch a Thief (1955)--are all quintessential Hitchcock and I'm thrilled to see that two will be on TCM tonight.
One of the reasons that these films are so well known and loved is their iconic style. This style was largely established by the costume design of the great Edith Head. Since seeing Rear Window for the first time nearly two decades ago, Edith's classic minimalism has been significant to my own personal style. I've celebrated several of her well known wardrobes here on GlamAmor and have been longing to add my affection for the resort collection of To Catch a Thief.
Often much of my vintage collection for GlamAmor is considered resort, so there couldn't be a better subject than Thief for the first of the Cinema Style File series in video. I'm excited about the evolution. Just as I transitioned the Out & About series to video, I similarly wanted a show for the Cinema Style File where I could better share the silver screen's best style in costumes that continue to influence fashion today. I hope you enjoy it.
With beloved film historian and host Robert Osborne returning to TCM tomorrow after a five month absence, I dedicate this to him. He continues to inspire me with his passion and presence. So sit back and watch the incredible cinema style of Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief.
The often duplicated pale blue chiffon goddess gown
Day dressing in salmon pink and white separates
Stunning the Cannes crowds on the way to the beach with Cary Grant
Mesmerized by Grace's beauty in this Grecian goddess gown in white chiffon
Begging forgiveness in a more subdued cream and black ensemble