COSTUMES – Part 2
The Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion
Here are various costume tests for Dorothy’s three companions. The photos are in chronological order, giving us a look into some of the process in created the characters we know and love today. Included are some of Buddy Ebsen’s tests as the Tin Man taken before he left the project.
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Below: A test sketch of the Lion’s head made by Oz make-up artist Jack Dawn. This is followed by images of the surviving part of the mane that Bert Lahr wore, and a recreated Lion’s costume that allegedly contains parts of Lahr’s original costume.
The Munchkin costumes are some of the film’s most iconic. Costume designer Adrian had a field day designing them. He gave them a kind of old world Bavarian look, with oversized features to make them seem even smaller than they were. The story is that Adrian sent word to his childhood hoe to send his childhood copy of the book for inspiration because as a kid he sketched images of the characters in the margins. It’s unclear if any of those ideas made it onto the screen.
Above: The Munchkins pose with director Victor Fleming, Leo Singer (agent to most of the little people), and Fleming’s assistant Al Schoenberg.
Below: The Trumpeter costume sketch, costume test photo (noted as “Herald”), and screenshot. Trumpeters (Heralds) were played by Karl “Karchy” Kosiczky (Herald #1/Sleepyhead), Carle M. “Kayo” Erickson (Herald #2), and C.C. “Major Mite” Howerton (Herald #3).
Flower Pot Hats
Adrian adorned the costumes with many flowery flourishes. The most recognizable are the “Flower Pot Hats” worn by several of the Munchkin women. Here are two that have survived and screenshots showing them in the film. It’s unclear if this red hat was one of two very similar hats worns (as seen in the screenshots).