A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist. – R. Buckminster Fuller
If you fell in love with movies like Bonnie and Clyde (1967), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), The Arrangement (1969), The Godfather: Part II (1974), or Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) then you have Hollywood costume designer Theadora Van Runkle to thank for that.
For over four decades, her vision and knack for recreating period designs that would emote and transport viewers back in time, was nothing short of genius. Theadora’s creativity brought life and a timeless quality to the films she worked on.
The recipient of the Costume Designers Guild‘s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, Theadora left an indelible mark on Hollywood and created a road map for new costume designers to follow. Nominated multiple times for Academy Awards, Emmys and other honors, her first Oscar nomination came from her work in Bonnie and Clyde – the first film she ever costumed. Who says you can’t be brilliant right out of the gate?
If you’ve ever bought a beret and paired it with a sleek pencil skirt, or against our better judgement, tried to recreate any of Shelley Long’s outrageous outfits from Peggy Sue Got Married, then you can officially consider yourself christened by Theadora Van Runkle. By creating this signature iconic image through her Bonnie and Clyde depiction, she single-handedly reawakened both women’s and men’s love affairs with the hallmark style sense of the roaring 20s.
Theadora Van Runkle, herself, lived fashionably and exuded great taste, class and wicked style. Unfortunately, earlier this week we lost this great fashion legend (1929–2011), but through her memorable work she will live on forever. Thank you for being a DIVA We Love, Theadora, Rest In Peace…
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