"You can take one of my outfits and it's usually classic design. I don't use tricks."
About This Interview
In his one-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Noel Taylor (1913-2010) talks about his early experiences in the theater as an actor and writer before turning his talents to costume designing. He discusses his entrance into television working under NBC contract, primarily on the anthology series Hallmark Hall of Fame. He talks about several of this series productions including "Hamlet," "The Green Pastures," "The Magnificent Yankee," and "Barefoot in Athens." He discusses such aspects of the craft as creating a shade of white that could be read on camera and painting "embroidery" on costumes as a money-saving technique. He talks about being recognized by the Emmy Awards for costume design for "The Magnificent Yankee," in the first year costume design was cited. He details his continued work in television including the 1970s KCET series The Hollywood Television Theater, which earned him a second Emmy Award. Lastly, he discusses his long association with Katharine Hepburn on all of her later work, including Mrs. Delafield Wants To Marry. B-roll consists of photos and costume sketches from Hallmark Hall of Fame, Turn of the Screw, Hollywood Television Theater, Antony and Cleopatra, Eleanor First Lady of the World, and Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry. Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview in West Hollywood, CA on April 19, 2005.