Category Archives: 2000s

Film Style: Frida (2002)

Frida Salma Hayek 2002 (1)

‘Frida’ starring Salma Hayek  is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen – every frame has been considered, the lighting suits the mood of each scene, the paintings themselves are cleverly incorporated, and the costumes are magnificent. Salma Hayek was nominated for many awards that year for her portrayal of the iconic Mexican artist, but sadly kept losing to Nicole Kidman in The Hours. It is a crying shame, because she is incredible in this movie, and it completely changed my opinion of her as an actress.

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Film Style: Bride and Prejudice (2004)

Bride and Prejudice is one of the most colourful, happy films to come out in the last decade, and it always makes me laugh. If you have read or watched Pride and Prejudice then you will know exactly how the story pans out, so there are no amazing plot surprises. But the way they have integrated an 18th century social satire into a modern-day musical set in India is enormously clever, and more importantly extremely funny.

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Film Style: Australia (2008)


Elegant black riding outfit
Australia is the next well-deserved entry onto the list of awful films with terrific costumes. There were so many tepid reviews of this movie that I wasn’t expecting much, and, predictably enough, it was a total fizzer. I did expect to at least enjoy the scenery, but the shonky dialogue, cliched characters and haphazard plot were so grating that the beautiful outback setting went unregarded.
At least the clothing was up to scratch – the period covered is 1939 to 1942, and being a loaded aristocrat Lady Sarah can afford to wear some pretty decent togs. Catherine Martin was the costume designer and was later nominated for an Academy Award for her work on the film. She also designed the costumes in Baz’s other films such as Moulin Rouge (for which she DID win an Oscar). Ferragamo created Lady Sarah’s shoes and gloves, and Prada the blue luggage (seen in the image below).
A more detailed view of the same outfit. 30s calf-length cream fish-tail skirt, navy short sleeved jacket with puffed shoulders, and tilted Panama style hat.
The calf-length skirt is set to come back in vogue this autumn/winter, which has above-the-knee afficionados howling with dismay. But you can see here the style needn’t be frumpy, and can even look elegant when worn with a low (ie comofortable) heel. It doesn’t all have to be about stripper heels and mini skirts girls; we know you have legs, no need to prove it endlessly.
The mid-heeled Ferragamo spectator shoes worn in the scene above.
Lady Sarah goes on to wear a series of prim little shirts tucked neatly into jodphurs or tweed skirts. Lord knows how she manages to look so immaculate whilst riding through the desert, mustering cattle, chasing after children and canoodling with Hugh Jackman. My shirts manage to come untucked just sitting quietly at my desk.

Hair slightly frazzled but shirt crease-free

Artfully placed dust marks on shirt, but nothing is a millimetre out of place. Note also the natty buckled riding boots.

She also wears a lot of neck scarves tied cravat style and tucked (of course) into her shirt collar.

Oooh branching out into plaid! Still impeccably tucked.

I should be so tucky, tucky tucky tucky

These shirts must be glued to her underpants.

Working a grey pussy-bow blouse.

Tucking away the moments that make up a dull day. Pussy bow blouse and pencil skirt in teal blue.

Hurrah, a DRESS!! And a lovely one at that, printed 1930s tea dress.

Safari suit and horrendous driving goggles.

Printed peach cheongsam. At that time there were quite a few Chinese tailors working in Darwin.

Sheer printed burgundy cheongsam over peach underdress

These red velvet peep-toe heels by Ferragamo were worn by Nicole Kidman in the ballroom scene, and later released for sale.
Main reason for watching the film, rrowrr.


Film Style: The Edge of Love (2008)

The Edge of Love film

The award for the most stonkingly bad film I’ve seen in recent years goes to The Edge of Love, starring Sienna Miller and Keira Knightly. It is a biopic loosely based on a love triangle between Dylan Thomas, his wife Caitlin, and their friend Vera Phillips. In fact the interpretation is so loose as to be almost entirely disconnected; the director admitted in an interview with the Times that there is no evidence that there was any affair, but adds “We wanted to find the dramatic truth about the characters”. Which I think translates as “the story wasn’t interesting enough so we just made it up and hoped no-one would notice”.

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Film Style: Easy Virtue (2008)


Easy Virtue contains all the right ingredients for a rip-snorter of a flick – 1920s vintage clothes, sassy young American, uptight English artistocrats, opulent country mansion, Colin Firth… what a shame it is such a stinking cowpat of a film.
It is allegedly a comedy, but I didn’t crack a single smile throughout the entire thing (and I have a small mind which is easily amused). The heroine was charmless and bland, the English roles were boring stock stereotypes, and The Firth looked slightly embarrassed to be there. However. The vintage 20s clothing was fabulous, so I’ve done you all a massive favour and hunted down some screenshots. Now you don’t need to waste two hours of your life watching the stinker; enjoy!
Dashing hats
Pretty vintage cardigans and sweaters
Classic baggy cricket jumper for the gents

Glamorous evening gowns
Satin bias cut evening gown
Embellished drop-waist gowns and burgundy velvet over-coat
Metallic embroidered strappy gown
Silver brocade fish-tail evening dress
Beautiful everyday shirts
Loosely draped blouse with wide-leg navy trousers
Tuxedo style blouse with brooch
Chiffon blouse with small satin collar
Waistcoat and gold locket
Classic black dress with white contrast collar
Cream leather jacket worn insouciantly with a richly patterned pashmina