My homage to Claudette Colbert’s iconic outfit in “It Happened One Night” (1934)

I’ve wanted to recreate this iconic outfit from one of my favourite films, ” It Happened One Night” for quite some time now and here is my homage to that simple, yet striking “travelling suit”, Claudette Colbert donned in her role as the spoiled heiress Ellie Andrews.

The original one would have had a cardigan in knitted fabric and probably a rayon or woolen skirt. My version is in viscose rayon for both cardigan and skirt.

The very popular way of cutting fabric on bias in the era and here in a striped fabric creates the typical geometric deep v pattern both at the front and back, by having a central seam. The cardigan also features a Peter Pan collar and cuffs in white cotton contrasting with the main fabric. It has original vintage 1930s Art Deco buttons both for fastening and for the belt.

The calf length skirt has two kick pleats at the back and one at the front. Fastens with  snap fasteners and a vintage button at the side.

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My Hitchcockian homage to Vertigo and that famous Grey Suit

I was pretty excited when I got commissioned this iconic grey suit, originally designed by the formidable Edith Head and worn by Kim Novak in the equally classic and one of my favourite Hitchcock films, Vertigo (1958)

I knew it was going to be quite a challenge to make it justice but here I present my little homage.

In beautiful thin striped grey Italian wool, it has wide lapels, fabric covered buttons, two decorative pockets (I’m not quite sure if the original Edith Head design had actual functional pockets)but I decided to go for these, just for the line of the suit jacket. The jacket itself is slightly form fitting with the added darts. The sleeves have small rounded cuffs. The skirt is calf length, with a central back slit and it fastens with a zipper at the side seam.