Behind the Scenes with the Costume Designer of “Pretty in Pink”

Posted on February 17, 2016 at 3:37 pm

My friend Jen Chaney had a great interview with Marilyn Vance, who designed the wonderful costumes in the Molly Ringwald/Andrew McCarthy/Jon Cryer classic, “Pretty in Pink.”

“I relate personally to this film,” says the Brooklyn native, who grew up, like Andie, without a lot of money, but with an enormous amount of creativity when it came to fashion.

“My mother was buying me clothing, and I hated her taste,” she recalls. “But I never wanted to hurt her feelings. So I would go to my room and cut everything up and remake it. I taught myself how to do that.”

She talks about sweet-talking Jon Cryer into Duckie’s edgy outfit. And the biggest surprise in the interview is this:

The wealthy kids in Pretty in Pink were, ironically, largely outfitted in clothing purchased at K-Mart.

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