Monday, October 13, 2014

Piero Tosi and the Real Thing

"Lady of the Camellias" 1981 and  "Sparrow" 1993  
Oh Pinterest. So many lovely things pinned without attribution or provenance. Which would be OK if the re-pinning didn't propagate the misinformation. Wonder what I'm getting at?  The amazing creations of the costume designer Piero Tosi and the misrepresentation of his designs as extant garments. Which is very easy to do when you see them. And since many of these designs are 50+ years old and most of us haven't seen the films, well you do the math.  Marvel here at the genius.
"Ludwig", 1972

"Death in Venice" 1971

"Death in Venice"

And a hat to die for, in Venice
And of course "The Leopard" from 1963, not the first Tosi effort but a milestone in movie costuming.
"The Leopard" 1963
Tosi has a close association with  Tirelli, the costume house and director Luchino Visconti.
There is a nice article from a few years ago about an exhibit of his designs here a nice blog post here,  
Claudia Cardinale
"The Lovemakers" 1962

He also costumed a mid-19th c. film call "The Lovemakers" which looks amazing but stills are very hard to find.
Have a snoop around the internets and tell me what you find,
is a great place to start.

Ever Your Humble, 
Miss Brilliantine 

1 comment:

  1. Great post! I have to admit to probably being one of the culprits because when I repin I rarely backtrack or retitle the image.