Best Costume Design – 1971

Official Nominations: Nicholas And Alexandra. Bedknobs And Broomsticks. Death In Venice. Mary, Queen Of Scots. What’s The Matter With Helen.

Two obvious picks with two big costume dramas – three other normals. Take your pick between Yvonne Blake and Antonio Castillo’s Nicholas And Alexandra and Margaret Furse’s Mary, Queen Of Scots. 

My Winner: Nicholas And Alexandra


My Nominations: Nicholas And Alexandra. Mary, Queen Of Scots. A Clockwork Orange. McCabe And Mrs Miller. Red Sun. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.

Along with the costume dramas I add three should-have-beens, and one never-would-have-been. A Clockwork Orange may not at first glance seem as visually arresting as some of Kubrick’s other work, but the attention to detail in costume and set design is paramount. A Clockwork Orange wouldn’t be see unnerving without the pale, iconic, almost jumpsuit look of Alex and his droogs often as a counterpoint to the more stylized 70s flair of everyone else. McCabe And Mrs Miller is of course a gorgeous movie with the costumes a huge part of the overall tone, while the characters in Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory appear as extensions of their clothing – from the drab look of Charlie and his grandfather to the exuberant red festive attire of Veruca, not to mention Wonka and the Oompa Loompas. Finally, lets add Red Sun as it doesn’t get mentioned enough.


My Winner: A Clockwork Orange

Let us know your winner in the comments below!

3 thoughts on “Best Costume Design – 1971

  1. John Charet October 11, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    Great post ☺ I would pick McCabe & Mrs. Miller. Curious though why you did not nominate The Devils? I love your alternate nomination list though ☺

    P.S. I see that you loved my An American Werewolf in London post and since 1981 was the first year the makeup category became a regular, you must be pretty excited about teaching that year even though you have a long way to go considering that you are still on the 1971 film’s. Anyway, keep up the great work as always ☺

    • carlosnightman October 11, 2017 / 7:16 pm

      I write ahead quite a bit, so I’m up to 2000s on just Best Picture, but those will be revised as i see more. I have best actor up to middle of 80s and some other categories all over the place. An American Werewolf was one of first horror films I saw, one of those times when we were visiting friends with parents and all the kids were left to do what we wanted. That Nazi scene still scares me.

    • carlosnightman October 11, 2017 / 7:20 pm

      The Howling I’m not as big a fan of, but it’s another horror movie I saw quite early. My parents had a caravan/mobilehome(still do) that we stayed at during Summer Holidays and sometimes they would go into neighbours van for a few hours, again leaving us to our own devices. That’s when I watched The Howling, and one of the sequels – the freaks. Don’t think I’ve seen any of the others though

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