Edward Stevenson: the costume designer responsible for Citizen Kane and so much more!

I’d like to talk about one designer of the golden era who set the mood perfectly with spot on wardrobe: Edward Stevenson, pictured on the right.

His designs often made the scene:

And, they always set the character:

Pictured below, a perfectly framed example of costume design: the weak slovenly father, the child bundled against the snow, the high hat banker in his fur trimmed coat, the prim buttoned up mother signing away her son…

And then there was the glamour, for which Edward Stevenson was famous — beautiful gowns — often on films he was called in just to design eye popping garments such as this:

Thank you to Elizabeth Jacox! The Stevenson Collection is housed at Idaho State University Special Collections:


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  1. November 21, 2012

    Thanks for the great information and illustrations–please note that the Stevenson Collection is house at Idaho State University Special Collections, not the University of Idaho.

    • November 22, 2012

      Thank you, Elizabeth! I will edit that now.

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