Thinking Through Value Transformations of Movie Costumes

  • Katharina Enzinger
Keywords: costume design, movie production, valorization, fashion theory


A student essay for the Special Student Issue of the Journal of Extreme Anthropology accompanying the art exhibition 'Artist's Waste, Wasted Artists', which opened in Vienna on the 19th of September 2017 and was curated by the students of social anthropology at the University of Vienna. This essay investigates the value transformations of costumes created by costume designers for movie productions, tracing their valorization, loss of value, and re-valorization. The text is grounded in interviews with the Viennese costume designer Thomas Oláh.