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September 26, 2023

We all know Gabriella Pescucci’s costumes are incredible (Hello, The Borgias!), but can we talk about Vittorio Nino Novarese?

I found this striped dress by Gabriella in Penny Dreadful. I love her work. It’s so detailed and distinctive.  I’m was not as familiar with costumer Vittorio Nino Novarese, nor had I ever heard of the film Prince of Foxes until Lucia made me aware, but wooooow. The costumes in that movie are off the hook. Not necessarily historically accurate (though some are pretty great), but none the less incredible, detailed, lush and expensive.

You can watch it on Youtube here. I’m having trouble finding a clear copy of Lucrèce Borgia from 1953, so if anyone happens to have one, or find one available, please do let me know. I am also on the lookout for a Region 1 copy of Los Borgia as well, so if you know of where I could find that, I’d appreciate it.  I guess it’s a Borgia kind of season, huh? How does that happen? Like when you go into a Bronte sister spiral, and before you know it, you’ve watched twelve versions of Jane Eyre and five versions of Wuthering Heights.  Not that I’ve ever done that…

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Katie is the creator of Recycled Movie Costumes, where she’s constantly haunted by the ghosts of costumes past. One day, she had an epiphany: if she had to suffer through these recycled costumes, then so should everyone else! And thus, Recycled Movie Costumes was born.

Contrary to popular belief, Katie does not have a photographic memory, nor does she work in the costume industry. She’s just a girl whose life has slowly spiraled out of control after watching too many costume dramas on Masterpiece Theatre.


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