Theadora Van Runkle

Costume designer, Fashion illustrator
Prolific costume designer Theadora Van Runkle entered the movie business at the tail end of Hollywood's influence on fashion. Through her ingenuity and vision, the costumer made a name for herself in the business ... Read more »
Born: 03/27/1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (34)

Goodbye Lover 1999 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

I'm Losing You 1999 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Mario Puzo's The Last Don 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Costume Designer

Kiss of Death 1995 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Leap of Faith 1992 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Butcher's Wife 1991 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Stella 1990 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Troop Beverly Hills 1989 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Everybody's All American 1988 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Wildfire 1988 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Native Son 1986 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Rhinestone 1984 (Movie)

(Costumes)

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas 1982 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Heartbeeps 1981 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

S.O.B. 1981 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

The Jerk 1979 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Heaven Can Wait 1978 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Same Time, Next Year 1978 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

New York, New York 1977 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Nickelodeon 1976 (Movie)

(Costumes)

Mame 1974 (Movie)

(Costumes)

The Godfather, Part II 1974 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies 1972 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Kid Blue 1972 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

Myra Breckinridge 1970 (Movie)

(Costumes)

The Arrangement 1969 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

The Reivers 1969 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

Bullitt 1968 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

I Love You, Alice B. Toklas 1968 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

The Thomas Crown Affair 1968 (Movie)

costume design (Costume Designer)

Bonnie and Clyde 1967 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

That Championship Season (TV Show)

Costume Designer

White Dwarf (TV Show)

Costume Designer
Actor (1)

The Hollywood Fashion Machine 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Prolific costume designer Theadora Van Runkle entered the movie business at the tail end of Hollywood's influence on fashion. Through her ingenuity and vision, the costumer made a name for herself in the business, becoming known for her consistent competence and remarkable take on the style of the recent past, with her work on films set in early to mid 20th Century America emerging as particularly strong examples. With the advent of the supermodel and the increased visibility of designers, the general public has become more aware of the fashion industry. In previous years, Hollywood films served as the major influence on fashion, Marlene Dietrich's trousers, Joan Crawford's shoulder pads, Rita Hayworth's strapless dresses and Elizabeth Taylor's gown in "A Place in the Sun" are all examples of how movie designs introduced new looks and set popular style parameters in previous decades. Van Runkle grew up in this fashion atmosphere and started in Hollywood when the trend was on the wane, but with her film debut "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967), the designer managed to revive the influence of movie fashion. She outfitted Faye Dunaway in remarkable 1930s period costumes with a decidedly modern flavor that appealed to contemporary women, a look that gained international popularity. Van Runkle's designs for Bonnie consisted of loose fitting suits with unstructured soft lines, sleek maxi skirts and smart berets that added up to a look marrying classic sophistication to modern comfort and ease. The designer was nominated for an Academy Award for her work, and "Bonnie and Clyde" would remain the most significant example of film influencing fashion in later years.

Relationships

Teo

Grandson

Eltsey Adair

Mother

Bruce McBroom

Husband
Couple divorced

Courtney Schweppe

Father

Robert Van Runkle

Husband
Was reportedly married at age 16 to Robert Couple divorced

Felicity Van Runkle

Daughter
Born in February 1954

Max Van Runkle

Son
Born in August 1958

EDUCATION

Chouinard Art Institute

Pasadena , California
entered at age 15; school named later changed to California Institute of the Arts

Milestones

2008

Appeared in the behind-the-scenes documentary "Revolution! The Making of 'Bonnie and Clyde'"

2004

Featured in the PBS documentary "Masters of Production: The Hidden Art of Hollywood"

2002

Received the Costume Designer Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award

1999

Received final film credit, designing costumes for the Paul Sorvino directed sports drama "That Championship Season"

1998

Designed costumes for the releases "I'm Losing You" and "Goodbye Lover"

1991

Created Demi Moore's sexy ethereal wardrobe in "The Butcher's Wife"

1990

Illustrated time span and economic divergence with costumes for the remake of "Stella," starring Bette Midler

1989

Designed the elaborate over-the-top fashions for "Troop Beverly Hills"

1986

Nominated for an Academy Award for "Peggy Sue Got Married"

1982

Was costume designer for the flashy film adaptation of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"

1977

Designed big band era costumes for Martin Scorsese's "New York, New York"

1974

Created the costumes for the musical "Mame," starring Lucille Ball

1974

Received Oscar nomination for her period designs in "The Godfather, Part II"

1969

Along with legendary Hollywood designer Edith Head, contributed costumes to the X-rated comedy "Myra Breckinridge"

1968

Outfitted the flamboyant hippies of "I Love You, Alice B.Toklas"

1968

Helped to define Steve McQueen's appealing no-frills masculinity with designs for "Bullitt" and "The Thomas Crown Affair"; the latter also marked a reunion with star Faye Dunaway

1967

Film debut as costume designer, "Bonnie and Clyde"; earned first Academy Award nomination; hired for job when Jeakins turned it down and recommended her

Raised in Beverly Hills; married at age 16; worked as fashion illustrator for seven years in Los Angeles from age 19

Became a sketch artist for Dorothy Jeakins; worked for only a month

Began calling herself Theadora in her early 20s

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