Saturday, March 21, 2009

Movies wardrobe

This weekend I managed to watch two recent movies which were set in the late 1920s and the late 1930s.

Changeling, starring Angelina Jolie, is a movie based on a true story set in Los Angeles in the 1920s. It is about a mother who loses her son and is on a quest to find him.
Australia, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, is the other movie I watched which was set in the late 1930s right before World War II.

Lots of people told me to watch these movies, claiming that they are really good. I liked them but was not crazy about them. What I really liked about these movies though is the wardrobe. I absolutely loved the outfits Angelina wore in Changeling. It seemed to be a perfect reflection of that period of time. I'm not really a big fan of Angelina Jolie, especially since she started dating Brad Pitt, but I must say she looked absolutely gorgeous in this movie. I loved her sultry look...the short hair and the red lips... very mesmerizing. The movie's stylist, Deborah Hopper paid attention to every little detail. She researched the real-life character in news footage and tried to recreate the 1920's fashion.

< Love her hair, lipstick and the coat w/the brooch!

Anglina was also a fan of this style. “There is something about the style of the '20s that is very sweet. They make you feel a little softer and just so delicate hidden behind it all." Well put Jolie, that’s exactly what I feel. They look oh-so-delicate! She even looked gorgeous in the movie's premiere in New York. Dressed in a little black dress, it was her first red carpet event since having her twins.

On the other hand, Australia had an amazing wardrobe too. Lady Sarah Ashley, a British aristocrat, decides to leave to Australia after not hearing from her husband for a while... only to find him killed. She then runs his farm and finds love. What caught my eye in this movie is the classy hats, umbrellas and Lady Sarah's luggage! Her clothes changed from the beginning of the movie to half way through... She transformed from an uptight and tailored aristocrat to more relaxed cattle rancher in a plain shirt and pants. The costume director, Catherine Martin, investigated designers around that period of time, she studied what British women wore then and she was also inspired by the sportswear of the 30s. Nicole Kidman looked impeccable in a plaid buttoned down shirt, brown pants, knee high boots and a cowboy hat. It looked so effortless complimenting her soft face and the character she played in this movie. Catherine Martin has done a good job!

**Absolutely love her luggage, hat, chic suit and that big umbrella!

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