Women He’s Undressed

2015 | Arts & Literature / Biography/History / Bisexual / Coming Out / Documentary | 99m | Australia
Directors: Gillian Armstrong

The extraordinary Hollywood story of Australia’s Orry-Kelly … the designer whose costumes created some of the most magical moments in cinema history.

Orry-Kelly was a Hollywood legend, his costume designs adored by cinema’s greatest leading ladies—but in his home country of Australia his achievements remained unknown. Now acclaimed director Gillian Armstrong is bringing the legend home and celebrating the life of this extraordinary Aussie in her new film, Women He’s Undressed.

During the boom years of Hollywood he was costume designer on an astonishing 282 motion pictures. Orby-Kelly designed for the stars like Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Rosalind Russell, Errol Flynn and more in films like Some Like It Hot, Casablanca, An American in Paris and Now, Voyager.

Orry-Kelly was as big a legend behind the scenes as the on-screen legends he adoringly dressed. Talented, daring, brash, bold, the toast of Hollywood yet the thorn in the side of many a studio head and the first Australian to win three Academy Awards—But who was Orry-Kelly and how could he be so unknown in his homeland?

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Reviews and Awards

“The golden age of Hollywood offers a feast of juicy material and Armstrong digs in with gusto.” — The Wrap