Monday, March 05, 2012

Fashion in Film - The Help

 I read "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett last year and loved it.  I finally took the time this weekend to watch the Oscar nominated film, and enjoyed it even more!!!!  In my opinion, costume designer Sharen Davis should have taken home the Academy Award for Best Costume Design because she nailed the look of the early 60s in Jackson, Mississippi.

 50 of the main costumes were made from scratch using vintage fabrics.  The rest were true vintage sourced from costume shops and vintage stores.  The accessories used in the film, like hats, handbags, jewelry and sunglasses, were all true vintage.

 Davis also achieved perfection in showing the differences in wardrobe worn by the young white women, their older mothers, and the daily uniforms and "Sunday best" of the black domestics.

She also did a brilliant job of portraying social misfit Celia Foote with her too-tight dresses and her low-cut necklines that scandalized the Junior League membership in their more demure clothing.  Bravo to Sharen Davis for a job well done!

If you haven't seen "The Help", I highly recommend it.  For a more in-depth discussion with Sharen Davis about the costumes designed for the film, this article from the L.A. Times is a great read.


Joyness Sparkles said...

I loved how she nailed Celia Foote with the Marilyn Monroe image! This designer really is fabulous and I hope they give her the opportunity for more vintage films like this!

vilvintage said...

Great, as always! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award - hope you like it! :)

bleenie said...

For anyone in LA, there's a (free!) exhibit at the FIDM museum right now of movie costumes, some from The Help-- including that floral dress in the first pic and Hilly's green party dress (with the sleeve clearly pinned back on).

Anonymous said...

I liked this film a lot, too.

blog said...

Love the styling, and your post! I really need to finally take some time to watch the movie!

The Splendid Suitcase said...

I need to watch this film! brilliant costumes x

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