that beret

Theadora Van Runkle, the self-taught costume designer who created Faye Dunaway's iconic look in Bonnie and Clyde, has passed away. There are two great obits over at the NYTimes and the Guardian. My favourite part of both is Edith Head's advice to Van Runkle, while she was shopping nervously for fabrics:

"She said, 'What are you doing?' " Ms. Van Runkle recalled.
"I said, 'It's the '30s and they're escaping from a bank robbery.' "
"She said: 'Oh darling, do everything in chiffon. You'll have no problems.' "

Much as I adore Ms. Head, I'm glad her advice was not taken.

The originals - Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow

Photos: 1, 2

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