Friday, August 16, 2013

Vintage Fashion in "The Butler"

"The Butler" opens today in theaters.  I'm looking forward to seeing Oprah in her starring role as the wife of White House butler Cecil Gaines, played by Forest Whitaker.

As much as I'll probably enjoy the story, it's Oprah's costuming I'll be watching as the film spans the decades from the Eisenhower presidency right through to the Obama inauguration.  That's a lot of years and a lot of fashion! 

Ruth Carter did the costuming for the film.  She has received Oscar nominations for her work on the films "Malcolm X" and "Amistad."

Here's a half hour interview with Ruth Carter from The Huffington Post. You'll see lots of images from the film and hear about Carter's process of choosing the costumes for the film. Enjoy!