Monday, October 10, 2011

Water for Elephants: Costume design by Jacqueline West

I can't say I am too huge a fan of the film Water for Elephants. Not sure if I will ever truly embrace a flick with Mr 'Twilight' Pattinson in it. That being said, I will recommend it for viewing for the costumes alone. A divine feast for the eyes, the 1930's inspired satin's and sequins glow in the richly saturated cinematography. Costume designer, Jacqueline West is no stranger to period pieces and has been responsible for (among others) the Victorian garbs of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the Georgian wardrobe of Quills and the evolving fashion of the last century in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, for which she was nominated for an oscar.

What really stood out to me was Reese Witherspoon's character, Marlena, and her beyond fabulous circus costumes. They had an edge to them; incorporating cut-out designs, high buckled shoes and boots (a nod to today's fashion) and a mixture of delicate pale colours or cool, deep greys. Have to say, after watching this flick, I am itching to throw a little 30's circus chic into my wardrobe, that's for sure.


Anna said...

You summed this up perfectly, having only just watched the film only last weekend. I actually really really enjoyed it. Sometimes I love films that are not overly complicated and don't have to have massive loss for the big ending. This was that to me! Plus the two main charcaters had incredible costumes as you said. It kept me interested the whole film. I hadn't been aware of the costume designer though so enjoyed learning through this post and seeing some of the beautiful costumes again!

Anna xo

Ginger said...

Thanks Anna, I really enjoyed reading your comment. I'm glad you liked the post :)

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