Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Friday night, myself & the dames from Brisbane Vintage Mafia attended the premiere of the documentary "Women He's Undressed" at Palace Centro James St.
As usual, all the ladies looked absolutely stunning and created quite a stir with the other film goers oogling their beautiful frocks, furs & hats.
The documentary was directed by Gillian Armstrong is about the costume designer Orry-Kelly.

Orry-Kelly was a Hollywood legend, his costume designs adored by cinema’s greatest leading ladies – but in his home country of Australia his achievements remained unknown. 
He was the chief costume designer for Warner Bros. Studios from 1932 to 1944.
He worked on more than 300 films during his career.

The movie/documentary was just wonderful. It was very quirky, funny in parts ,part movie and part documentary with some fascinating interviews with people who worked with Orry-Kelly.

After the film there was a Q&A with Gillian Armstrong which was really interesting. 
I loved hearing her stories about behind the scenes of the making of this movie and, without giving too much away, her serendipitous connection she made with Orry-Kelly's family which was very funny and quite amazing.
It was also great to see Nicholas Inglis again after going to his Hollywood costume exhibition at the Brisbane Museum only a few months ago.   
He (naturally) owns a number of Orry-Kelly originals & had them on display. 

Penny, Gilllian Armstrong, Nicholas, Moi and Billie

Orry-Kelly himself seemed like a real character and even though he was extremely well known & admired in Hollywood during the "Golden" years, it appeared that he retained a real Aussie sense of humour and he was a bit of a larakin.
  The footage of all the movies in which he designed costumes (Some Like it Hot, 42nd Street, Casablanca and Auntie Mame just to name a few) had us dramtaically clutching our chests with loud 'oOOOOS and Arrrrrassss of appreciation". So much vintage fashion porn! 

Speaking of porn. I must say that there were a number of times that Billie and I clutched each others arms in flushed excitement at some of the vintage photographs of a young Carey Grant with his "room-mate" Randolph Scott. 
Oh my Oh my. 
I'm afraid my imagination was running wild with images of these two in .... 
well...... different scenarios. 

If you LOVE vintage clothing and movies from the 1930s-1960s you simply MUST go see this film.
Not only is it visually entertaining and fabulous , it is also a really interesting film about a 'famous' Australian that nobody in Australia seems to know about.
 He was Australia's most prolific Oscar winner, having won three Academy Awards for Best Costume Design.


To see more photos from the night go to Weekend Edition: 

AND more at Fashion Weekly magazine:


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