Orry – Kelly Exhibition

06 Aug

The personal and professional life of three-time Academy Award winning Australian costume designer Orry-Kelly is celebrated in Orry-Kelly: Dressing Hollywood, which runs from 18 August to 17 January. There are many items on display, including 10 of Orry-Kelly’s costumes. Film critic Luke Buckmaster examines a handful of these costumes, revisits the films they were made for and speaks to lead curator Ulanda Blair.

Director Gillian Armstrong’s new documentary Women He’s Undressed celebrates the life of Australian costume designer Orry-Kelly. The Kiama-born expat migrated to Hollywood in the early 1930s and came to be regarded as one of the greatest costume designers of all time – dresser of Bette Davis, Jane Fonda, Ingrid Bergman, Natalie Wood, Humphrey Bogart, Carey Grant and countless others – Errol Flynn as Don Juan!

Costume Sketch of Errol Flynn as Don Juan

— Maria

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  1. Gentleman Tim

    August 7, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Thank you, Maria. It was quite interesting how he got from Down Under to Tinseltown, via the Big Apple. I never knew all the Orry details.

    I saw Elizabeth & Essex recently and his work was stunning. Amazing talent. Very glad, though, Errol didn’t wear that costume above in Beggars of the Sea (Sea Hawk)!

    Unfortunately for Bette, even with Orry always dressing her in astonishing gowns, Errol still always looked better. That’s what she gets for being so insultingly pette to Errol, refusing to respect his unique and unparalleled talents.