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March 25, 1989 - Image 23

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-03-25

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Pre-Revolutionary France in all
its decadent glory is the focus of the
hit movie, "Dangerous Liaisons." The
frilly silks and satins and decollete are
influencing women's evening clothes.
For men, though, it's unlikely
powdered wigs will make a comeback.
"Working Girl" Sigourney Weaver
(below), wears the kind of dress-for-
success outfits career women emulate.

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involved in fashion before hitching
their wagons to the rising star of
motion pictures.
"From Hollywood's beginnings,
costuming was important because
that was what these men knew. They
didn't know about movies," says
Schreier.
It didn't take long before clothes
seen in the movies started showing
up in closets across the country. One
of the most popular was the "Letty
Lynton" dress, from the film of the
same name starring Joan Crawford,
which was copied from coast to
coast. The dress "showed everybody
what padded shoulders could do for
a woman," she adds.
In some film studios, money
was no object for a film's costume
designer. According to Schreier, "Just
one hat in Gone With The Wind cost
$50,000. Even the underwear was
handmade." That kind of money isn't
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