“Superman: The Movie” Costume Designer Yvonne Blake Dies

Yvonne Blake, the designer behind Christopher Reeve’s iconic “Superman: The Movie” costume, has died. She was 78.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Blake died Tuesday in Madrid, after suffering a stroke in January.

Yvonne Blake’s most recognizable work was on Richard Donner’s Superman, for which she adapted the comic book design of the superhero costume for the cinema screen. In her original design sketch made before Christopher Reeve was cast in the leading role, Blake’s annotations read: “Leotard in shimmering blue two-way stretch fabric worn over false muscles & harness for flying. Capes to be made in various flowing fashion for resting. Boots in glove leather or elastic with small heel. ‘S’ motif in red & gold on breast & again in all gold on back of cape. Gold metal belt with ‘S’ buckle.”

For Blake, the focus was on making a practical costume for Reeve to wear while balancing its authenticity to her audience. “It was a question of reproducing what looked like a pretty silly costume into one that could be worn by an actor that would look attractive and believable to Superman fans,” she said. “It was important that the tights and shorts did not look like ballet dancers’, so the problem of lumps and bumps was solved by wearing a plastic protection shield normally used by boxers.”

Read the complete article at The Hollywood Reporter.

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July 17, 2018 6:57 pm

I wish I could thank Yvonne Blake for her work on Superman the movie. Contributing her time and hard work to make the suit of my favorite Superman Christopher Reeve. It is a sad day for all of us Superman fans. May she rest in peace.

July 18, 2018 12:11 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

I wish I could thank Yvonne Blake for her work on Superman the movie.

Actually, that’s not a half bad idea for a series of articles for this site. A profile interview with some of the behind the scenes crew for these films (or comics). It’ll give us a chance to thank them for the work they put into our favorite hero.

They don’t have to be long articles, like this for example, just something where we can get to know them a little and then pass along our thanks.

July 18, 2018 3:37 pm
Reply to  Randall

I agree Randall. That’s a great idea.

July 18, 2018 3:42 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

I’ll second that. And…RIP to Ms. Blake for making the best superhero movie costume there ever was.

I wonder though if Ms. Blake also did Helen Slater’s suit for Supergirl?