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Women He’s Undressed

Close up of Orry Kelly's Oscar for An American in Paris. Photo by Anna Howard

You’re about to hear a whole lot more about Orry Kelly, the oft-forgotten-yet-legendary Hollywood costume designer and the first Australian to win three Oscars. Later in the year there will be an ACMI exhibition and a book “Women I’ve Undressed: The Fabulous Life and Times of a Legendary Hollywood Designer and a Genuine Australian Original”  which is allegedly the long lost memoirs of the costume designer found stuffed in a pillowcase in suburban Sydney. But for now a new documentary film – “Women He’s Undressed” – is imminent.

Get to know a little more about this creative man in the official trailer below. Orry Kelly created wardrobes for the silver screen from the 1930s to 1960s for Warner Brothers Studio, and then 20th Century Fox, MGM, Universal and RKO. He worked on hit cinema classics such as Casablanca, Oklahoma!, 42nd Street, Jezebel, The Maltese Falcon, Auntie Mame and won triple Oscars for An American in Paris, Les Girls and Some Like it Hot. He certainly played a part in Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Errol Flynn, Katharine Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe becoming glittering stars. He should be a household name in this country too.

After the sold-out Melbourne premiere at the Astor Theatre tonight you can catch this fashion film soon at Cinema Nova and Palace Cinemas Como, Balwyn and Brighton Bay.

Orry Kelly's portrait of a woman 1910s. Image courtesy Barbara Warner Howard.

Women He's Undressed film poster

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