If you’re reading this, I assume that you’re a fan of cinema. And can certainly name a handful of directors, and probably producers and scriptwriters, but then it gets trickier. How many established editors can you name? Or cinematographers? How about production manager? Or what about costume designers?!
Most of the people who have designed some of the most iconic images in cinema history are largely forgotten. That’s the nature of the medium – the stars onscreen are mythologized, whilst the technicians behind the scenes are just cogs in a collaborative machine. That is, until someone shines a light on a largely forgotten genius and suddenly the nature of the work is brought to the fore. Orry-Kelly was one of the greatest costume designers of all time, working on such classics as Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Angels with Dirty Faces, Oklahoma! and Some Like it Hot.