13 thoughts on “TBT: Camelot (1967)

  1. OMG! You missed the whole design point and the era in which it was made, the impact on fashion and the bleed back. Camelot is a parody of Arthur, not just a celebration. That is reflected everywhere. The influence of mod on every dress and the introduction of art nouveau as it started to permeate free love culture and couture. Also the way they traditionally filmed musicals. The detail in every dress. The merry month of may Guenivere dress is straight from Mucha. This is an amazing stylised production that captures the time, the free spirit, the optimism and ultimately the doomed cynicism of the era. Created in 1960, the centre of the Kennedy era and then the movie in 1967 made as a poignant look back at lost hope and its reincarnation in the peace movements of the time. This movie effected fashion for the next 6 years, even going so far as to inspire the Gunne Sax label which ruled the prom dress scene until the early 80s. It may not have been historically correct but it made fashion history.

    1. Yes! Give me Andrews, Burton, and Goulet over Redgrave, Harris, and Nero any day.

      “It’s mad! It’s gay! A libelous display!”

  2. Not just of it’s time but the next 15 years plus. I know you are just defending a friend but the three paragraphs did not do service, even as an opinion piece to the design, costumes or its impact on culture. Describing the costumes as “long ye olde-timey sacks” did not do justice to the level of detail; the plate mail dress, the collar of the gold dress, the embroidery of the wedding dress…This was a throw away piece and I am disappointed. It may make me un-popular.,.oh well.

    1. Not every post can be as thorough as we’d all like — all three of us have been swamped lately! That being said, it might be kinder if you phrased your comment as “In addition to what you’ve said…” rather than “this post is wrong and it sucks.”

      1. Did not actually say that. Please don’t put words in my mouth. And the above comment was to one that told me off less graciously, and was unfortunately, or fortunately removed while I posted my reply to it. This happens.

        If you are swamped why not try something novel? Post a movie and ask your audience to each take a piece or costume and review it. Or post a fact that they think no one else has ever heard of.

  3. I loved it. Movie and costumes. Especially Guinevere’s. I agree with Abigail Tyrell. The whole thing screamed Art Nouveau, sixties, Anti-war movement and love power (I know that’s a title of a song from the Producers). It influenced more than fashion. We still speak of JFK’s presidency as ‘Camelot’. But my favourite musical movie is a draw between My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music.

  4. I too, loved this movie. As a teen when I first saw it, the wedding scene when they walked up the aisle with Guinevere in that gorgeous dress was just sooo romantic! I thought the costumes appropriate for the most part, especially King Arthur, he did look so good in the picture you’ve shared. Time to pull it out again, haven’t watched it since before Christmas since I haven’t done any sewing since then. The family chuckles and shakes their heads when I pull it out…they think it’s cheesy. They’ll never understand. Run boy…..

  5. One of my favorite memories from high school is when I was a part of my school’s production of Camelot. I love the music!!

  6. Years ago I saw an exhibition of movie costumes at the Met in NY. Included were movie costumes from the earliest silents to contemporary film. Of all the costumes in that show there were two that particularly blew my socks off. One was the Ascot dress from My Fair Lady. The second was Guinevere’s wedding dress from Camelot. The amount of detail sewn into that wedding dress was astonishing with unexpected components like seeds, nuts and grains sewn into a fine hemp netting. On a large screen these natural material would have glimmered like fine diamonds. On the small screen that is all lost, which is a pity. To hear you describe the costumes as “olde-timey sacks” does a great disservice to John Truscott whose Oscar for the film was well deserved.

  7. Hi All, I just recently watched this, and I hadn’t seen it in a long time. I was struck by the immense gorgeousness of the costumes (and had to laugh at some of the ‘tulip-headed’ ladies of the court). Yes, there are definitely 60’s touches — That yellow gown in the 6th picture has a blatant mod-style cowl neck, and her hair in that scene screamed ’60s) However the one aspect of seeing this again was just how organic many of Guinevere’s costumes were. Her crocheted wedding gown, the wispy, almost gossamer gown she wears in The Lusty Month of May, and there’s an orange crinkled gown she wears at one point in she and Arthur’s chamber that looks as delicate as a leaf. Truscott’s efforts were intricate and remarkably executed!

  8. Fantastic, campy, hilarious, pure 60s. C’est Moi lyrics are the best. The costumes are a marvel. The movie so bad it’s great. The artwork on the posters and record album was fabulous. My sisters and I would play the album over and over as kids and We absolutely loved it. Watching bits of the movie online made me laugh out loud. They all had their eyes made super blue in the movie. It’s a scream.

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