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Talia Shire’s Entire Rocky Wardrobe Came From A Goodwill Store

Costume supervisor Joanne Hutchinson created plenty of memorable looks in “Rocky.” You have the grey sweatsuit he wears in his famous training montage, that black leather jacket and fedora casual look, and Apollo Creed’s American flagboxing trunks. The wardrobe for Adrian, however, wasn’t a Hutchinson creation. That all came from Talia Shire herself, who, at the behest of her director, went scouring discount stores to find the exact right look for the character she had been developing. Speaking at the TCM Classic Film Festival back in 2016 for the film’s 40th anniversary, Shire recalled taking ownership of Adrian’s wardrobe:

“[John Avildsen] created a tremendous sense of ensemble, and we had rehearsals, and he said, you know, to me, ‘I’d like you to give some thought about what she might wear, and you need to go out to some Goodwill stores.’ That’s where he sent me to get my costumes, and indeed I did. And then I came in with the hat, and I went to my eye doctor he gave me these interesting glasses. And I walked in dressed this way. John Avildsen said, ‘Oh that’s wonderful!” And he let me keep those clothes by the way, and I still have them 40 years later.”

So many costumes in movies feel like the first time these clothes have ever been worn. They’re too pristine, too pressed, too neat. Adrian’s clothing in “Rocky” all feels worn and lived in, and that’s because they are and have been passed from one person to another. It’s how normal people dress. They aren’t perfectly tailored, and the colors don’t perfectly match. Yet there is an unquestionable appeal and consistency to her appearance. It turns out in another life that Talia Shire could’ve made a great costume supervisor.




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