Tarantino plunders the Tate gallery for Robbie’s clobber

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Tarantino plunders the Tate gallery for Robbie’s clobber

The story behind Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate costumes in ‘Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood’

Caroline Leaper

The role of a costume designer is often described as similar to the work of a detective – if handling a biopic, or any character based on reality, it becomes a job that requires scrutiny of the person’s every fashion nuance and styling quirk. The comparison has perhaps never been more relevant than in the case of Arianne Phillips on her latest project, outfitting Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie for the Quentin Tarantino-directed blockbuster, Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood.

Out in SA later this month, the film follows fictional friends out-of-work actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) as they try to make it in Hollywood amid the rise of hippie culture in the summer of 1969. But it also covers the murder of actress Sharon Tate, played by Margot Robbie and, for that, special attention to Tate’s personal look was required.

Tate was murdered, along with her unborn child and four guests at her home, by members of the Manson family cult on August 9 1969. Aged 26, she had been married for a year to director Roman Polanski and the couple lived a glamorous lifestyle in Los Angeles. She starred in of-the-moment films like Valley Of The Dolls, and wore outfits by the era’s It-labels, Thea Porter and Ossie Clark. ..

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