A stage designer, fashion illustrator, and painter, Alfred Bücken costumed over 30 films, frequently teaming with his wife and in association with German studios including UFA, Deka-Film GmbH, Tobis-Filmkunst GmbH, Bavaria-Filmkunst GmbH and Corona. His fashion sketches appeared in Constanze, a leading German women's magazine between 1948 and 1961. Later, he taught painting in Wiesbaden. Like Lanza, For the First Time became Bücken's last film.
Costume design for the role of Canio singing "Vesti la Giubba" from Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo with handwritten note from Mario Lanza to costume designers Mr. and Mrs. [Alfred and Sophie] Bücken.
Costume design for the role of Ferrando singing "E Voi Ridete" from Così Fan Tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with fabric samples, costume notations, and Mario Lanza signature.
Costume design for the role of Otello singing "Niun Mi Tema" (death scene) from Otello by Giuseppe Verdi with fabric sample, notations in German, and Mario Lanza signature.
Costume design for the role of Radames singing "Gloria all'Egitto" (Grand March) from Aida by Giuseppe Verdi. Lanza sang with the Rome Opera House Orchestra, chorus, and soloists including bass-baritone Gian Giacomo Guelfi as Amonasro. Image includes a sideview of footwear and Mario Lanza signature.