Renié measuring a female dress form.

Renié Conley, Costumer to the Stars – Part Two

By Lynne Drake and Heather Hoffman, Walt Disney Archives

We continue our look at costumer, Renié Conley, whose Disneyland costume designs were spotlighted last week as part of her earliest wardrobe concepts. If you happened to miss part one, check it out here.

Renié is also well known for designing the female costumes for the 20th Century Fox film, Cleopatra (1963). She worked alongside famed costumer Irene Sharaff, who exclusively designed the costumes for Elizabeth Taylor, and Vittorio Nino Novarese who designed all of the costumes for the male cast. The three won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design for the film at the 36th Academy Awards held on April 13, 1964.

Here are three of Renié’s original costume design sketches from our photography collection as well as the original informational captions written by 20th Century Fox publicist, Sonia Wolfson. #1, an Egyptian handmaiden’s gown, #2 “Charmain” gown, and #3) “Calpurnia” sheer chiffon gown.