Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered

Elizabeth-Montgomery-1bewitchedElizabeth-Montgomery-2Bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I…”  This editor is only bothered and bewildered by how little information there is out there on the fashion of the classic TV show Bewitched!  This editor absolutely LOVED this show, but since my parents didn’t have cable, I would have to wait and watch it at friends’ houses (hoping and praying I would get to sleep over and catch it on “Nick at Night!”)  It centered on a lovely housewife named Samantha Stephens, played by the gorgeous elizabeth-montgomery-3Elizabeth Montgomery, who was hiding a little secret – she was a witch!  Inspired by the films I Married a Witch and Bell, Book and Candle, it tells the tale of your everyday, stunning blonde who’s hiding her witchcraft from the man she loves!  There’s also a cooky, older relative who keeps interfering with their lives!  (Guess struggling to find new material isn’t a recent problem in Hollywood… 😉 )  The show premiered in 1964, and Samantha’s costumes are heavily influenced by former First Lady, Jackie Kennedy, whose husband President John elizabeth-montgomery-4elizabeth-montgomery-5F. Kennedy had been murdered only months before the first episode aired.  As pictured in the photos above, Samantha dons a soft pink Chanel suit, a classic black shift with a string of pearls, and a beautiful A-line coat.  (Honestly, Samantha sported enough pink dresses, we were elizabeth-montgomery-6rethinking featuring Glinda on “Pink Wednesday!”)  She dons polka dots, pretty florals, big bows, and some absolutely stunning dresses (pictured, above).  Samantha Stephens is also never without her cat eyeliner and lovely locks perfectly coiffed.  The crazy relative in this story is Samantha’s mother, Endora, who was played by the award-winning actress Agnes Moorehead.  Subtly is NOT her style!  She agnes-moorehead-2loves messing with her son-in-law, Darrin, and appearing whenever she feels like it.  elizabeth-montgomery-9If you couldn’t guess, this bleeds into her wardrobe, as well.  Endora is rarely seen without heavy blue eyeshadow, exaggerated wingtip eyeliner and extremely bright colors.  She loves high collars and capes and bold accessories (pictured, above).  Bewitched was outfitted by costume designers Vi Alford and Byron Munson.  In the book Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and elizabeth-montgomery-11Careerelizabeth-montgomery-10 of Elizabeth Montgomery, by Herbie J. Pilato, Munson was quoted as saying Elizabeth Montgomery had “horrible taste in clothes.”  That certainly isn’t the same for her television counterpart!  Although, it makes us wonder how true this 1968 article is featured on Harpies Bizarre (or how honest Munson was being…)  The article, originally posted in Leader-Times, makes several references to how Elizabeth Montgomery wore many of her own clothes on the show, and how she worked together with costumer Vi Alford.  Montgomery stated, “A girl like Samantha can’t afford a new dress every time she goes out…agnes-moorehead-4elizabeth-montgomery-7 agnes-moorehead-5-elizabeth-montgomery-8I’m not saying that I can’t afford it. But when I found a gown or frock that I like, I feel I should wear it as often as I want.”  The actress actually had her own clothing line come out during the series, so who knows if this was just fluff trying to promote her new line, or if it was the truth.  The one item we know for sure is Elizabeth’s is the necklace Samantha Elizabeth-Montgomery-12wears in nearly every scene of the series.  Montgomery’s husband and Bewitched director, William Asher, gifted her the white gold, diamond heart pavé necklace the year before the show, and it ended up becoming a trademark of Samantha’s.  It’s simple and classy, just like Mrs. Stephens’ style.  As the show gets deeper into the 1960s, and into the 1970s, the fashion starts to get really trippy (pictured, above)!  The prints get wilder, more colorful and definitely bolder.  We prefer the early ’60s version of Samantha’s clothes, but we did love the addition of her baby witch, Tabitha!  We wish was could wiggle our nose to look this cute in everyday life!elizabeth-montgomery-13

 

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carey-mulligan-7Carey Mulligan plays Jenny Mellor in the 2009 drama, An Education, about a schoolgirl who grows up too fast in a London suburb during the 1960s.  Here, Jenny wears her school uniform in a couple of different scenes throughout the movie, sporting a gray A-line skirt, a cranberry-colored belt, a white-carey-mulligan-8button down blouse, a matching diagonally striped tie, with both a gray pullover, and a crested school coat with a coordinated scarf.  The color combo of gray and burgundy is always one of our favorite classic pairings for fall.  Jenny dons some other adorable vintage looks in the film, like floral, gold, leopard, and even a watercolor frock that we just adore.  But Mulligan apparently didn’t love her outfits as much as we did… She told Today, “I had to work my way into liking the costumesI was less keen on the school uniforms.”  Kate Scheyer, of Vanity Fair, pointed out that the film’s designer, Odile Dicks-Mireaux, created an arc of costumes to tell Jenny’s story of a teen that matures quickly by hanging out with an older crowd, beginning with the rain-soaked schoolgirl (pictured, bottom right) carey-mulligan-9that her suitor meets on the street… Basically a classic pedophile pickup, but it’s also a true storycarey-mulligan-10!

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Oscar week continues, as we talk about some of our favorite looks from various Academy Award nominated flicks!  Costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux was actually not nominated for her beautiful work on An Education, but she certainly should have been!  This is the fourth outfit from the 2009 film we’ve featured, which looks just stunning on the adorable Carey Mulligan.  This floral frock nips at the waist and has what seems like a faded blue and gold hydrangea pattern.  With black sunglasses and Audrey Hepburn bangs, she’s the epitome of a early 60s sophisticate.  A perfect look for the warm weather we’ve been having here in New York!

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Dirty Dancing may not be your everyday romance (considering it includes topics of controversy that we’ll fail to mention), but this editor has been in love with dance all of her life and cannot ignore the beautiful powder pink dress included in the final scene of this film.  Jennifer Grey plays Frances “Baby” Houseman, whose family spends a 1960s summer at a holiday camp in the Catskill Mountains.  She attends Kellerman’s closing celebration in this delicate dusty rose number that she pulls off effortlessly.  Costume designer Hilary Rosenfeld sure knew how to pick ‘em!  This dress has a stunning, tight bodice with a contrasting yet complementary flowing skirt.  When Baby is taken out of her corner and put center stage, where she belongs with her first love, Johnny Castle, she wows the crowd with what she learned that summer!  (It’s hilarious now to think the worst thing she was doing that summer was dancing provocatively… Oh yeah, and sleeping with Patrick Swayze!  But I’m sure that’s tame compared to what some parents have to worry about today!)  Dirty Dancing celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and this scene has become a famous entity all by itself.  It’s been recreated in other recent romances, including last summer’s Crazy, Stupid, Love, and the 2010 French comedy, HeartBreaker (L’arnacoeur).  Baby’s famous dress was certainly made for spinning and twirling, and Grey and Swayze knew how to work its magic into their mambo!  You have to see it in all its glory: Click Here!

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At this point, we should have written a single article on all the fantastic looks of Carey Mulligan as a teenager who grows up too fast in An Education.  This is the third look we’ve featured from the film, and we still have a couple more we’d like to feature!  In the 2009 movie, Mulligan’s character, Jenny, is seduced by the glamor and sophistication of an older group of socialites.  Here, she is pictured with her female “mentor,” Helen, who teaches her how to dress and put on makeup, so she can look like a mature woman.  Helen is played by British actress Rosamund Pike.  (Fun Fact: Pike played Mulligan’s older sister in 2005’s Pride & Prejudice with Keira Knightley.  It was Mulligan’s first movie role!)  Here, Jenny is sporting one of Helen’s little black dresses with a soft white coat, black and white driving gloves and a small leopard hat.  Helen is quite a match in a leopard coat, cream-colored shift with matching gloves and a white fur hat.  The two make quite a cute pair, but Jenny will soon realize that her new social group is neither glamorous, nor are they true friends…

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It’s a surprise we haven’t featured any clothes from AMC’s hit show Mad Men thus far…  This show made everything from the early 60s cool again – hourglass figures, sweater-sets, pencil skirts, afternoon drinking and misogyny.  Haha, just kidding!  (Well, we hope the men of Madison Avenue aren’t making cheating, lying, and abusing women stylish – that’s just sick!)  But at least the girls look good trying to figure out their place in the limbo between 1950s conservatism and the sexual revolution of the late 1960s.  The show’s designer Janie Bryant has done an absolutely outstanding job properly catching the era, without being even the slightest cartoonish.  Here is the show’s most popular woman, the extremely curvy Christina Hendricks as sexy secretary Joan Harris in a magenta-colored dress and matching lipstick with simple gold accessories.  Joan’s famous pinned-up red hair, high heels and always polished nails give make her the epitome of 1960s sexiness that easily translates to today.  We simply cannot wait for Banana Republic’s new line!

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The movie may be called A Single Man, but we couldn’t take our eyes off the single woman in this 2009 film.  (Okay, that’s a massive exaggeration, considering the extremely understated performance by Colin Firth, but Julianne Moore’s clothes were fun to look at.)  This movie was directed by fashion icon Tom Ford, so it’s not surprising the fashion was phenomenal.  He hired costume designer Arianne Phillips, who has styled Madonna for many years and was Oscar-nominated for Walk the Line.  Moore plays Firth’s female friend, Charley, in this drama, and here she rocked a gorgeous black and white column dress that looked quite lovely against her swept-up red hair.  Charley might be a completely tragic character, but at least she looks captivating in this 1960s frock.

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Carey Mulligan plays a schoolgirl who learns a hard lesson about growing up in the 2009 Oscar-nominated film An Education… and she certainly looks adult in this cream and gold rose-patterned shift.  Complemented with Audrey Hepburn bangs, a glittering clutch and a soft cardigan, Carey looks quite chic for a high school student.  She may have discovered the pitfalls of dating charmers at too young an age, but at least she learned how to dress from her beau’s social-climbing friends.  (Just kidding – we’d rather have our innocence at sixteen.)