My all-time favorite cinematic tailoring scene

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  1. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Nice to see him action though, albeit briefly.
    In agreement. However, considering that Campagna's suits were such a significant part of TC's appearance and they showed Crown's closet full of (I assume) Campagna suits it would have been nice to see a bit more of Campagna in action. Â I think that they could have pulled it off without making the movie into a Gianni Campagna infomercial.
    I always wondered if that scene was cut (or if there were more scenes with Campagna...) koji
     


  2. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    And if you think that pausing during that scene is strange, I paused (and did a slow frame by frame play) of the very opening zoom shot into Crown's limo just to observe what kind of fabric his suit is made of. [​IMG] koji
     


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    I'm guilty of the same. [​IMG]
     


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    I am fond of the scene in Basic Instinct when Sharon Stone's character...um, no, never mind. That has nothing to do with what she has on. [​IMG]
     


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    Not surprisingly that scene is supposedly a favorite of Bill Clinton's.
     


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    Believe it or not, there is a scene in Highlander II where Sean Connery is outfitted by a Savile Row tailor. Â I believe he has just traveled through time and is dressed in 13th or 14th century garb (try to stay with me, it's not a very good movie). Â He walks into a tailor's shop and commissions a suit (paid for with a large pearl earing in his possession). Â The entire suit is completed in less than one day (hey, it's the movies). Â I can't remember the specifics of the actual fitting, as I saw the movie a very long time ago (and, I imagine that most movies would not do well commercially if they contained long, drawn out tailoring scenes, despite what the members of this forum might think [​IMG] ). Â If you're interested, I recommend fast forwarding to this scene a skipping the rest (the original Highlander is far superior, even if Christopher Lambert can't act his way out of a paper bag). Jeff
     


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    IIRC there is a scene in Catch Me If You Can with tailoring involved. I'll have to watch it again now. There's also the brief one in Scent of a Woman where Pacino gets fitted in his hotel room. My favorite is the moment in Snatch when Benicio del Toro practices pulling a gun in his new suit, presumably to check that it fits right. [​IMG]
     


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    Oceans 11 - in Vegas, fitting Carl Reiner, "the High Roller," for a silk suit
     


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    Bradford Current Events Moderator

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    Isn't there one in Wall Street where Gekko's tailor is fitting him while he talks on the phone in his office... And what about the Friends episode where Joey describes how the tailors cups his privates while taking inseam measurements and Ross has to tell him that that's not how tailors take that measurement? Â [​IMG] Â That was a funny scene. Bradford
     


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    How about the movie,"The Roman Spring of Mrs.Stone",Helen Mirren's husband getting fitted for a stunning cream Brioni DB suit in Rome.Reeks of class. [​IMG]
     


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    It's not a tailoring scene, but I love the scene in Goodfellas when, newly rich, Henry Hill opens his walk-in closet and runs his hands down what look like 30 beautiful suits, grouped by color, trying to decide what to wear.

    Also, the scene from last night's Contender was great. The suits were terrible looking, but the pride they had in wearing them was exactly why I wear mine.
     


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    The late Henry Stewart of New York City made a lot of the suits for that movie. I remember some years ago reading an article in one of those annual "Best of New York" issues of New York magazine. Stewart was chosen as best bespoke tailor. The reporter who interviewed him described how Stewart showed him the clip where Jimmy Burke kicks the living hell out of Billy Batts. Stewart was beaming as DeNiro kicked the guy like a soccer ball: "Look how the collar never jumps away from his neck, not even a bit."
     


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    Gah, you beat me. I love that scene.
     


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    Let's not forget the opening scene in "Family Man" when Nick Cage walks into a dressing room the size of my apartment,(opera music blaring), fondles all his Oxxford suits and shirts, and picks out an outfit just before he jumps into his Ferrari.Tough life. [​IMG]
     


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    tutee Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Dear members,           My first post on this gigantic forum. I have been reading it for almost 2 years and decided to go ahead and post. My favorite movie tailor seen is from Fred Astaire's film Swing Time. An excellent movie / musical in itself without even the distraction of clothes, which obviously severely distract from observing the plot and dance sequences. Anyways...It is really an amazing scene. Fred is a small town performer with a show-tour playing in their hometown. He has to get married (with a girl from his hometown) but his friends feel it will seriously  interfere with his dancing career. So to stop him... on the day of his wedding they draw a false cuff on an illustration from Esquire magazine (on formal daywear pants), and then show it to Fred that his trousers are NOT proper. Of course Fred's attire is perfect. Morning Coat, Light colored Vest, Striped formal day pants (without cuffs), spats w/black Oxfords. Fred argues with them "say...who ever heard of cuffs on these?" ....referring to his formal cuff-less pants. His friends, tell him that those (pants) are from last year and then show him the Esquire's illustration for correct ones. Now, Fred...after he sees this, is totally perplexed. After all, this is Esquire magazine in 30s (talk about authoritative source). & he is in a small hick-town...so naturally he wants to appear correct. He sends his father to take the pants to the local tailor to make cuffs on them. The tailor gets Outraged and shows him illustration after illustration that these type of pants should NOT have cuffs. His father insists that he came for cuffs and he wants cuffs. The tailor, then utters his (what I would call at least historic) remarks..."I would rather be NOT wrong, than right". And refuses to make cuffs on them. In other words...he knows what to avoid and for him ONLY that matters. I am sure you gents have heard that before. ...something like "A man who knows what to avoid is already a well dressed man"...or something along those lines. There is a quote also from someone that I can't remember right now. So, in the meantime while all this hassle happens.... at the wedding house, guests start to leave and the event is called off. Poor Fred. I hope you guys get the idea. It is this famous scene that is quoted in Flusser's book "Style & the Man" (p 79) also...only he got the film title wrong (Shall we dance instead of Swing Time).  I loved the whole scene because it showed a beautiful aspect that is (alas) mostly no longer with us...i.e A Tailor's pride in his work. In the film this tailor gets enraged because a customer is arguing with (requesting from) him something that he knows is wrong. & by doing what the customers says... he will probably be jeopardizing his entire reputation. Wow. Makes me think of Scholte, actually. The hot tempered famous tailor from London pre WWII era. Finally, if you do get to see the movie. You will also get to see the authority of Esquire magazine back in those days for correct wear. Interesting isn't it?  [​IMG] kind regards tutee
     


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