“Your dresses should be tight enough to show you're a woman & loose enough to show you're a lady.” – said Edith Head, the celebrated designer who collaborated with Hitchcock on eleven movies and created Kim Novak’s famous grey suit she wears in Vertigo.
Vertigo is one of my favorite movies, if not my favorite because of the mysterious and romantic atmosphere that emanates from Madeleine, this singular character.
The suit itself was, according to Novak very stiff forcing her to stand erect and hold her shoulders back. The result however is of vulnerability and lightness, also stressed by her simple but elegant hairdo. It was Hitchcock who insisted in having her wear a grey suit, black shoes and gloves, and so creating a distinguished and feminine character. As always he knew exactly what he wanted.
I tried, rather unsuccessfully, to re-create the grey suit from images of the web.