The Old Hollywood costume designer Bernard Newman

Bernard Newman (1903-1966) was an American costume designer working for the studio RKO. He dressed famous actresses such as Ginger Rogers, Jean Arthur and Irene Dunne. He collaborated particulary with Ginger Rogers. He created gowns for nine of her movies : Rafter Romance (1933), Roberta (1935), Star of Midnight (1935), Top Hat (1935), In Person (1935), Follow the Fleet (1936), Swing Time (1936), Vivacious Lady (1938) and Tales of Manhattan (1942).
He began his career as a window dresser for Bergdorf-Goodman in New York. He worked at this department store during 20 years. From 1934 to 1936, he designed costumes for Hollywood (RKO). After this Hollywood period, he came back to Bergdorf-Goodman. However, he continued to work occasionally on movies with other studios : Columbia (1938) and Warner Bros (1946-1947). He was the favourite costume designer of the actress Irene Dunne.

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