8 thoughts on “Costume Designer Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle: the Frock Flicks Guide

  1. I think that if there are somewhat ugly costumes at the start of her career, it is not because she was not given a budget, but because in France there is a difference in treatment between cinema/television and filmed theater: at the Comédie Française in particular, for years it was necessary for the costumes to be as accurate as possible in order to educate and not disrespect the authors, whereas in the cinema we could afford more freedom! (sorry if the translation is bad, I’m French)

  2. L’envolée belle (1969) is giving “The Crows have Eyes III: The Crowening” starring TV’s Moira Rose. That’s the vibe I’m getting lol

  3. That was très intéressant. (I don’t speak French. I had to look that up)
    All that TV Molière. I like Molière. I imagine she’s not entirely in charge of hair and makeup. And I stereotypically imagine the French attitude towards fashion made them want things more fashionable than historical.
    “Romulus the Great” (Romulus der Große) is a great play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, a playwright I like. (“The Visit”, “The Physicists”)
    I wanted to see “Swan in Love” but never did. I should stream it if I can find it.
    And I remember seeing “Danton”… I remember a lot of speechifying to the point where he almost loses his voice. It gave me a simpatico sore throat. I also remember Robespierre looking exactly like his portrait.

  4. Oh, dear!! Only because I know that the research for this blog is beyond reproach will I believe that the black and white picture of Madame Baptiste is of a young Isabelle Huppert. Otherwise, I would swear that was Kerri Green (of The Goonies and more) circa 1980s!! I cannot buy Ornella Muti (pictured in Swann in Love) as a blonde! And, mullet aside, Lambert Wilson looks smoking hot in the picture from Chouans; ditto for Daniel Auteuil in pic from The Elegant Criminal.

    On to, you know, costume content: Henry and June is such a gorgeous movie. I remember it fondly. The costumes “feel” right, and the cast is all-around gorgeous, too.

    1. Richard E. Grant played Nin’s husband and Kevin Spacey played one of the other Americans hanging out in Paris with the Millers.

  5. Madame Roland (Marie-Jeanne ‘Manon’ Roland de la Platière) was a minor figure in The French Revolution, who had political influence through her salons. She was of the (relatively) restrained Girondist faction, and was guillotined in 1793. Presumably the pic is from the early days of her marriage or courtship, so about mid-1770s?


  6. “Don’t love the bust fit but it’s clearly meant to be wacky.” Especially since it’s a man in comic “badly disguised as a woman” drag, with obviously fake boobs.

    Great review of the work of a designer that I was completely unaware had such an incredible history of work!

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