Thursday, June 10, 2010

Fashion in Film - Down With Love

Yesterday we got to talking about the movie, "Down With Love" over at the Couture Allure Facebook Fan Page. I was happy to be able to recommend the movie to a few people who said they hadn't seen it, and now I'm telling you. If you're a vintage fashion lover, you must see this film!!!!

Made in 2003, and starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, "Down With Love" is a spoof on the Doris Day/Rock Hudson bedroom comedies of the early 1960s.


The costumes were done by Daniel Orlandi, whose most recent work includes 2009's "The Blind Side". He also did the costumes for "Frost/Nixon" in 2008, another film in which the fashion is outstanding.

While it may look like it, there is not a single piece of actual vintage clothing in the film. "We designed everything in the movie, right down to Ewan McGregor's shirts and Renee's gloves," says Orlandi. Even so, I think he got it just right, with enough fun and color to make the clothes completely noticeable.

How can you not love a movie where Renee wears a white turban....

.....or a red fringed go-go dress? Do yourself a favor. Rent or buy this movie and watch it this weekend for the first or fiftieth time.

Here's a fun video where you can see some of the clothes in action. It ends kind of abruptly, but I think you'll enjoy it.

5 comments:

Sal said...

WOW. This movie never even made it onto my radar. Must remedy that!

Tart Deco said...

I love this movie and put it on my list of costume heavy movies that inspire me. Here's the link if you want to see the other ones or let me know about more (please do- I am always looking to add to my collection!)- http://tartdeco.blogspot.com/2010/06/movies-to-inspire.html

Belle de Ville said...

I so want to see this movie...Also the new "I Am Love" with "The Swinton".

Deja Pseu said...

That was such a fun movie and a GREAT sendup of the genre.

Vix said...

Agree that this is a must-see for the fashion and set design!

[Ditto for Sandy Powell's work in the much less lighthearted, 50s-era "Far From Heaven."]

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