Il gattopardo - Claudia Cardinale as Angelica Sedara wearing a white off-shoulder corseted ballgown.
The dress, designed by Piero Tosi and made by Umberto Tirelli at Safas costume shop in Rome.
This corset was terrible to wear: it chinched the actress’s waist so much that it reduced it from 68 to 53 centimetres. It took Luchino Visconti one month to film the ball scene; after that, Cardinale had wounds on her upper body.
Senso - Alida Valli as Livia Serpieri wearing a black gown with lilac decorations on the skirt and matching short jacket, worn over a ruffled white blouse. The back of the skirt was embellished by a big bow, while the shoulders of the jacket were decorated by black tassels.
She also wore a small hat with net veil and black gloves.
Senso - Alida Valli as Livia Serpieri wearing a white shirt, a plaid full skirt and a paisley shawl. The shirt was embellished by a black ribbon and cameo brooch.
Piero Tosi, who was entrusted to the military uniforms, the bourgeois and farmer costumes, explained the shawl was actually a blanket, purchased in an antique haberdashery shop in Verona. The paisley shawl “was an extremely popular accessory amongst women of nobility and the bourgeoisie during the entire 19th century, but by the mid 1900’s, paisley shawls had become incomprehensibly hard to come by. None of us had ever seen them if not in prints and portraits from that era. Alida Valli’s was not even a shawl, it was a blanket, but the slightly rigid effect it gave when it both slipped off the shoulder and held together with the hands was just perfect.”
Senso - Alida Valli as Livia Serpieri wearing a dark teal dress and matching front-buttoned jacket with silver grey and black ribbon appliqués on the front. She also wore a small black hat with lace veil and violet garland, and black gloves.
Senso - Marcella Mariani as Clara, getting her corset laced by Franz Mahler.
This scene is very symbolical: Clara is Franz’s new lover, so he laces her corset as he used to do with Livia’s; moreover, there’s a resemblance between the two women, especially their beautiful long hair.