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January 25, 2010

Almost Famous was not only an inspiring coming of age story, but its costume design left its viewers (including myself) wishing we lived in a time when “make love not war” was a generation’s anthem–if not for the great music and civil rights movement demanding racial equality, then for the fashions. Case in point: A gorgeous peasant top and embroidered blue dress and boots worn by the incomparable Penny Lane played by Kate Hudson (she completely deserved that Oscar!).

Costume designer who deserves all the credit: Betsy Heimann. Thank you!

photo clips from the movie you will fall in love with: Almost Famous



What a fantastic film!! Vianne Rocher played by Juliette Binoche (above left) was spell-binding. I need to find more and better examples of the wardrobe for this film, but this will do for now. I have to say that with every new scene I was just itching to know what else Vianne would wear. Never a disappointment. Can’t help but mention the obvious: Johnny Depp as Roux was looking pretty great too. Moving on…her daughter Anouk, played by the absolutely lovable Victoire Thivisol, had an especially enviable closet. I appreciated the transformation the characters of Armande and Josephine (above top right), played by Judi Dench and Lena Olin respectively, experienced was emphasized through their newly colorful attire. Gosh, I really need to show you more photos of each character–I think this movie calls for its own post.

Costume designer : Renee Ehrlich Kalfus; was nominated for a BAFTA for her work in this film

Image found at Oplan: Paris, France

And of course Audrey Tautou in…Amélie

Amelie was such an enchanting film…I fell in love with it immediately and will always remember it for its unique storyline and color palette filled with rich hues. The wardrobe department was certainly invested in wisely and it’s nice to actually notice how much of an impact the use of color can have on a film. Please go and see this movie: Audrey Tautou at her best. (Actually, Coco Avant Chanel was GREAT too.)

Costume designers: Madeline Fontaine & Emma Lebail

Amelie clips 1 & 2.

The next movie just had me bursting at the seams in anticipation of what else Zooey Deschanel–who was also in Almost Famous and whose role may have seemed small but was soooooooooo well done–was gloriously going to lavish us with.

(500) Days of Summer. An indie flick that I’d had my eye on for a while made its mark in 2009.

Did you notice that Summer wore a lot of blue? Well it turns out that Zooey Deschanel’s blue eyes influenced that decision. What I didn’t notice was that no one else does..wear blue that is, until Summer and Tom begin to fall for each other. Read more about it in this interview. Costume designer Hope Hanafin wanted to keep her wardrobe affordable while mixing a lot of vintage pieces with pieces from BCBG, Old Navy, and Gap. I loved it all and want to own it all.

Costume designer: Hope Hanafin

Thank you Ellie Snow for assembling this collage and great blog by the way. Check it out here.

I’m sure I could go on, but I’m going to go ahead and save some of my favorite films and their wardrobes for a later post. (The classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s will be there for sure.)

Which films’ fashions inspire you?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2010 4:42 pm

    Chocolat is such a good movie. Very aesthetic.

    (500) Days of Summer is one of my favourite movies. I didn’t notice Summer wearing much blue, but I’ll keep my eyes open for it next time I see it!

    I liked reading about the costumes in the movies. Something that’s definitely interesting having an extra eye on.

    • February 2, 2010 2:11 pm

      Thanks so much for commenting! I could watch Chocolat and (500) Days of Summer over and over again. Juliette Binoche and Zooey Deschanel are so great–and of course the wardrobe is awesome.

      • February 2, 2010 6:06 pm

        I utterly agree. Both those movies are just so good. And you’re welcome :)

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