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A Study on the Movie Costume of the 「Bonnie and Clyde」
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  • Journal title : Journal of Fashion Business
  • Volume 20, Issue 1,  2016, pp.82-97
  • Publisher : The Korean Society of Fashion Business
  • DOI : 10.12940/jfb.2016.20.1.82
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A Study on the Movie Costume of the 「Bonnie and Clyde」
Lim, Jaram; Lee, Jungsoon;
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This study attempted to summarize the characteristics of fashion in the 1930s which were the background of `Bonnie and Clyde` and analyze how fashion in the 1930s was expressed through costume in the movie, focusing on some critical scenes. For this, previous studies and domestic & foreign books, magazines and DVDs relating to movie costume were examined. For analysis of movie costume, `Bonnie and Clyde (1967)` DVD was referred to. In the movie, meaningful scenes were captured using a GOM Player. Then, the study results found the followings: First, in terms of women`s fashion in the 1930s, adult look and slim & long silhouette which naturally revealed breast, waist and hip with a long skirt, a military look with strong shoulders and tailored costume were found. In terms of men`s fashion, in contrast, the Duke of Windsor Style (a slim silhouette jacket and loose pants) was popular. Second, in the movie, Bonnie`s costume started with a slim linen H-line dress at her first meeting with Clyde. While committing crimes and becoming a famous gangster, she displayed the fashion styles which were in vogue in the 1930s such as fancy and luxurious slim dress, tailored suit and trench coat. Third, in terms of Clyde`s costume, from his first meeting with Bonnie to his first crime, he put on common costume (ex: pants, vest, shirts, etc.) which revealed his open and unconventional character. After he became a famous gangster, he would wear the Duke of Windsor style (jacket, vest and pants). The study results well describe movie costume`s role as visual language which expresses characters` inner circumstances and outer situations that reflect socio-cultural background.
movie costume;slim & long silhouette;the Duke of Windsor Style;
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