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Theadora Van Runkle | DIVAS WE LOVE Series

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.

Heartwarming and funny 1986 Peggy Sue Got Married was nominated for 3 Academy Awards

Heartwarming and funny 1986 Peggy Sue Got Married was nominated for 3 Academy Awards

Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 The Godfather Part II

Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 The Godfather Part II

The famous outlaws portrayed in the 1967 classic Bonnie and Clyde

The famous outlaws portrayed in the 1967 classic Bonnie and Clyde

Theadora Van Runkle during the filming of Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Credit: Warner Bros./Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

Theadora Van Runkle during the filming of Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Credit: Warner Bros./Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

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.

Faye Dunaway was transformed into the sultry and stylish bad girl Bonnie through Theadora Van Runkle's vision

Faye Dunaway was transformed into the sultry and stylish bad girl Bonnie through Theadora Van Runkle's vision

Shelley Long decked out in fur in another Theadora Van Runkle 80s film Troop Beverly Hills

Shelley Long decked out in fur in another Theadora Van Runkle 80s film Troop Beverly Hills

More costume hilarity from Troop Beverly Hills

More costume hilarity from Troop Beverly Hills

Runkle solidified her position as a top costume designer with her work with Faye Dunaway in the The Thomas Crown Affair

Runkle solidified her position as a top costume designer with her work with Faye Dunaway in the The Thomas Crown Affair

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?

Theadora Van Runkle receiving her Lifetime Achievement Award from the Costume Designers Guild

Theadora Van Runkle receiving her Lifetime Achievement Award from the Costume Designers Guild

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.

Over the top Southern dressing perfected in Peggy Sue Got Married

Over the top Southern dressing perfected in Peggy Sue Got Married

Al Pacino dressed to kill in the Godfather II thanks to Theadora Van Runkle

Al Pacino dressed to kill in the Godfather II thanks to Theadora Van Runkle

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…

Stylish and iconic Theadora Van Runkle

Stylish and iconic Theadora Van Runkle

Theadora Van Runkle

Theadora Van Runkle

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