50 Costume Test Photos from Famous Films

Costume test photos are a necessity for filmmakers and designers in order to get a clear picture of how colors, fabrics, and styles (and usually hair and makeup) will appear on the big screen. Inadvertently, the snapshots sometimes reveal a different, carefree side of the star in costume. The photos often become works of art themselves. After spotting a set of delightful Marilyn Monroe wardrobe test photos, featured past the break, we searched for others from all our favorite films.

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Marilyn Monroe’s character Vicky in There’s No Business Like Show Business (a famous box office bomb, featuring a messy Marilyn performance), in which she played a hat-check girl who catches the eye of the son of a successful vaudeville family. See more photos at Retronaut.