Unused costumes, left,
"Interior Cleo's sitting room - Antony giving orders. Euphranor is worried",
right, "Cleo's villa, dinner
with Senators - Temple and bedroom"
was hired, and began writing the script in January 1961.
Irene Sharaff was hired
to do the costumes for this film in April 1961.
Taylor's first costume fittings
with Sharaff took place in August 1961.
Taylor's first scene was
filmed on September 25, 1961
Mankiewicz was still writing
the script as late as March 1962.
Therefore, Sharaff began
designing costumes for scenes that were not yet written.
It is highly probable she
designed many costumes using the "Pinewood" script as a general guide,
which would account for
the designs for scenes that were never written or filmed,
such as the two above, and
the two below.
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Costumes for unknown scenes
Costume 1, Cleopatra's
camp, Temple of Isis
Costume 1 revised, Cleopatra's
camp, Temple of Isis
The robe shown in the second "unknown
scene" sketch was actually made (photo far right) but not used in the film. The
photo shows the garment on display at Bulgari's "after-screening gala" following
the 50th anniversary screening of "Cleopatra" at the Cannes Film Festival in May
Costume 2, "Caesar's
Gift", Cleopatra's apartment, the secret aperture
Costume 3, Cleopatra's
Costume 4 (barely),
Cleopatra's massage - a headdress only
Costume 5, Cleopatra
prepares for her bath
(the notation on the sketch
states: "Cleopatra shows Caesar more of the country" -
another scene that was not
part of the shooting script.)
Costume 6, The burning
of the Library, guard confrontation, confrontation with Caesar
Costume 7, Lotos attempts
to poison Cleopatra
Costume 8, Ptolemy's
Trial, Caesar's seizure (say that 3 times, quickly;-)
Costume 9, The Queen
Costume 10, "I will
bear many sons"
Costume 11, Egyptian
Costume 12, Alexander's
Tomb (unused alternate design)
The costume is worn by a
model during a cross-country
exhibit of the costumes.
The exhibit took place to coincide
with the original premiere
of the film in June 1963.
Costume 13, Alexander's
Costume 14, "A son shall
be born to Isis"
Costume 15, Cleopatra's
farewell to Caesar
Costume 16, "The dictates
of the dictator", Cleopatra's plans using Titus
Irene Sharaff reworked
the wig for this scene from one of the Pinewood
wigs, below right. She replaced
all the original trims and beads. The
scene for which the Pinewood
wig was to have been used is unknown.