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Friday Follies in Film: And the Oscar Goes to…

In Fashion, Film on February 20, 2009 at 8:44 am

Friday Follies [n., pl.] postings on Fridays about fashion and food in film from guest bloggers with impeccable taste.

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In this edition, our fashion insiders’ picks for Best Costume Design:

 

Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman / Australia

Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman / Australia

THE CRITIC’S PICK: AUSTRALIA

Catherine Martin’s clothes for Nicole Kidman were exquisite, from the suit she wore when she landed on the shores of Australia to the Chinoiserie gown she wore to the ball. And they served the epic story.—Booth Moore, fashion critic, Los Angeles Times

THE FASHION EDITOR’S PICK: AUSTRALIA

The purist in me says film costumes shouldn’t necessarily take center stage; their main purpose is to make you believe in the story. But screw realism this year. I loved the costumes that stole the show. For me, that was Australia.—Kristin Young, fashion editor

 

Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet / Revolutionary Road

Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet / Revolutionary Road

THE FASHION EDITOR’S PICK: REVOLUTIONARY ROAD

While I think the costumes were breathtaking for Australia—I’m a huge fan of Catherine Martin—I think it’s often more challenging to work with more modern-day costumes. Creating a balance between being historically correct as well as modern, all the while adding to the film is unbelievably difficult and I think Albert Wolsky was pitch perfect. He used the clothes in Revolutionary Road in creating palpable tension for the characters, so much so they truly enhanced the scenes, most notably the argument outside the car between Kate and Leo.—Kim Friday, Senior Fashion Editor, WWD

 

Sean Penn / MILK

Sean Penn / MILK

 

THE STYLIST’S PICK: MILK

While 70s movies are usually way over the top, the costumes were wonderfully evocative and individually powerful.

—Vincent Boucher, fashion stylist

 

Keira Knightly / The Duchess

Keira Knightly / The Duchess

THE FASHION DESIGNER’S PICK: THE DUCHESS

The best costume should go to The Duchess, though I admit to be heavily influenced by other elements of the movie, ie: Hair and Make-up and Art Direction. It was a gorgeous movie and I really enjoyed the beautiful interpretations of that era – I’m a sucker for a costume drama.—Magda Berliner, Designer

 

THE SHOE DESIGNER’S PICK: THE DUCHESS

I love the period costumes but I was especially struck by how beautifully accessorized Keira Knightley’s character was in every scene. The hats, hair accessories, jewelry, pins, fur muffs, and did I mention the hats?? All of them were inspiring and transported us to another era where fashion played an important role in defining the position and character of a person.—Mark Buettell, Creative Director, MaxStudio Footwear

THE AGENT’S PICK: THE DUCHESS

Keira Knightly in all those fab period costumes and corsets!—Julie Kramer, ArtMix Beauty


 

Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt / Benjamin Button

Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt / Benjamin Button

THE TASTEMAKER’S PICK: BENJAMIN BUTTON

It’s tough not to appreciate all that goes into a period film and all of this year’s candidates take place in an another time, from 1770s England to 1970s San Francisco and the costume designers of each of these films really outdid themselves. Of course, audiences have generally become so much more savvy about period authenticity–while also expecting a thrill from the fashion as much as anything else in the film. Much has been made about the red dress designer Jacqueline West created for Cate Blanchett’s character in “Benjamin Button,” and for good reason. The frock is as key to that moment in the story as Daisy’s words and expression. West has said that Blanchett pushed for the dress to be red, and director David Fincher has admitted to amping up the color even more to highlight the scene’s emotion. A single costume can mean so much to a story’s arc. It can do so much, too, to imprint a character’ effect on the mind, the collective conscience, on movie history. Think Elizabeth Taylor in that white slip in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Or, just last year, Kiera Knightly in that deep emerald sheath in “Atonement.” It’s the stuff that elevates a movie and movie star to icon.—Rose Apodaca, L.A. Vie en Rose

For what to drink on Oscar Sunday, check out Tasting Table L.A.’s picks by clicking here!

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