North by Northwest (1959): Wardrobe; Costumes–Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint

Costuming

A panel of fashion experts convened by GQ magazine in 2006 claimed that the gray suit worn by Cary Grant throughout almost the entire film was the best suit in film history.

It was also the most influential on men’s style, stating that it has since been copied for Tom Cruise’s character in Collateral and Ben Affleck’s character in Paycheck.

This sentiment has been echoed by writer Todd McEwen, who called it “gorgeous,” and wrote a short story “Cary Grant’s Suit” which recounts the film’s plot from the viewpoint of the suit.

There is disagreement as to who tailored the suit; according to Vanity Fair magazine, it was Norton & Sons of London, but according to The Independent it was Quintino of Beverly Hills.

Eva Marie Saint’s wardrobe was originally chosen by MGM. But Hitchcock disliked MGM’s selections and he and the actress went to Bergdorf Goodman in New York to select what she would wear.