Laura (1944)

Copyright © 1944 20th Century Fox

Bonnie Cashin, the costume designer for this film, brought about a more demure, casual style in Gene Tierny’s outfits. In an era where leading ladies were being dressed in Hollywood Glitz and Glam, this film had remarkably little of that yet still maintained the actresses sexiness.

The tailoring was looser and less figure hugging, and some of the outfits leaned towards sportswear, a signature style for Bonnie Cashin. She featured some thick knit jumpers, and t-shirts with button down on the back and although these were teamed with structured skirts they had more of a casual masculinity to what would normally be worn by the women of the time.

Some of the hats bore floppy brims where there was normally rigid structure and she wore loose fitting trenches and box shouldered jackets.


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Written by Jemma De Blanche

Jemma De Blanche is a fashion and lifestyle journalist with a background in marketing and copy-writing, is in awe of all things creative and loves getting lost in a good book, a beautiful picture or the creativity of new collection. Jemma handles the Fashion in Film pages and the Men's catwalk reviews.

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