Friday, February 24, 2012

Costume Design by Catherine Marie Thomas

At the end of November I had the pleasure of interviewing the costume designer Catherine Marie Thomas about the costumes Sandra Bullock wears in the 2009 film The Proposal. Please do stop by Clothes on Film, one of my favorite sites, devoted to costume in movies, to read the article I wrote.

Ms. Thomas is gorgeous, gracious, very easy to talk to, and incredibly talented! If you’ve seen The Proposal, Whip It, Grey Gardens, 27 Dresses, Kill Bill Vol. 1 or Vol. 2, you’ve seen her excellent work.

Her next film is Not Fade Away, which will be released later this year.

Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock in a scene from The Proposal. Notice how long Sandra’s skirt is? She specifically asked Cat to design it that way in order to make it harder for her to move around in, which she felt would help bring her character, uptight book editor Margaret Tate, to life. Now that’s an actress who understands the importance of costume design!

The bag is Prada and it is divine.

Sandra Bullock with Betty White, who plays Annie. Sunglasses by Prada, bag by Herm├Ęs!

The overly-large wedding gown before alterations. The fabric is 4-ply silk charmeuse purchased from Mood Designer Fabrics in New York City.

The final product in a sketch by the film’s costume designer Catherine Marie Thomas. Courtesy and © Catherine Marie Thomas.

Do head over to Clothes on Film for a behind-the-scenes look at Ms. Thomas’s design process for the movie, including another of her wonderful sketches.


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Jill...I love this post and I want the Prada bag. I like the comment about Sandra Bullock desiring the skirt to force the uptightness of her character...that's great!

triskelos said...

Wow, so many so different movies, and she did a great job at every single one of them! Love the skirt - I can't even imagine trying to go down on my knees in a skirt this long and tight and heels so high)))

sacramento said...

Fantastic post and article, my dear Jill. You are so clever.
have a grand weekend.

Fleur d'air said...

I love that film, where Sandra looks great