I have previously confessed my obsession with Annie, the 1982 film adaptation of the stage musical based on the 1930s comic strip. I was the prime age of 8 when the movie came out, and let me tell ya, I was ALL ANNIE, ALL THE TIME. See my previous post for embarrassing photos.
So today, let’s throw back to this classic of my childhood! In case you’ve been living under a rock, Annie tells the story of a plucky young orphan living in an orphanage during the Great Depression (the story is set in 1933). As a publicity stunt, she spends a week with grumpy millionaire Daddy Warbucks (Albert Finney), who falls in love with her — and his assistant Grace Farrell (Ann Reinking). He plans to adopt her, but alcoholic orphanage mistress Miss Hannigan (Carol Burnett) cooks up a scheme with her brother Rooster (Tim Curry) and his girlfriend Lily St. Regis (Bernadette Peters) to impersonate her long-lost parents in order to run off with reward money. Cue a bunch of fabulous musical numbers!
The costumes for Annie were designed by Theoni V. Aldredge, famous for the 1974 The Great Gatsby. They’re a theatrical take on early 1930s wear — let’s look in-depth at the main characters:
The Orphans Costumes in Annie
The orphans are all in multiple-piece ensembles in the same completely washed-out beige colors, implying that these clothes are OLD OLD OLD. Lots of pinafore and waist-less dresses:
Annie’s Costumes in Annie
Annie herself is in something similar, although there’s a blue tone to the smock that she wears over her dress:
Once she moves in with Daddy Warbucks, Annie gets a number of different new outfits:
Daddy Warbucks’ Costumes in Annie
He wears a lot of tuxes, befitting his status as ultra-wealthy, but also three-piece suits. His look is very broad-chested, ultra man’s man — but totally put together.
Rooster & Lily St. Regis’ Costumes in Annie
NOW it gets good! Rooster is a con-man, Lily is his cheap floozy girlfriend from Jersey City.
Grace Farrell’s Costumes in Annie
Mr. Warbucks’s assistant starts off super tailored, all business/efficiency. But as the story develops, and she becomes Warbucks’ love interest/Annie’s mother figure, her wardrobe switches from tailored suits to flowy chiffon dresses (also great for the big dance numbers).
Miss Hannigan’s Costumes in Annie
TEAM MISS HANNIGAN FOR THE WIN. “Little Girls” is the best song in the movie; Burnett as Hannigan is hilarious, mean, sexy, and sweet; and her wardrobe is over the top, slutty, and slovenly but still fabulous, and a nod to the 1920s, showing that Hannigan has passed her prime.
Do you love Annie?