Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fashion Flashback: The Flapper

J'adore Paris: Marion Cotillard and Owen Wilson take a stroll through Paris

The City of Lights isn't the only thing that mesmerizes in Woody Allen's latest and most successful box office film, the sweet and charming "Midnight in Paris." Just as Owen Wilson's writer character is taken by Marion Cotillard's '20s flapper, so is the audience. It must have something to do with the bobbed hair, shimmering dresses and girlish charm. Sonia Grande, the film's costume designer, scoured the world to find pieces and looks for Cotillard's character, the free-spirited and romantic Adriana. Grande searched for antiques everywhere from Paris itself to Madrid and Buenos Aires, and result is stunning, low-waist beaded dresses and accessories. The characters come alive, with its magical portrayals of It Girls of the day, including Josephine Baker and Zelda Fitzgerald. Actress Alison Pill's portrayal of the feisty and manic wife of F. Scott is further enhanced by her glamorous garb.

Ralph Lauren's Fall 2011 collection included '20s-inspired styles, with cloche hats and fur-lined coats.  The Jazz Age never ceases to inspire, even today. Kate Moss told Vogue that her Galliano wedding dress was inspired by "The Great Gatsby."  It should be interesting to see the costumes in Baz Luhrmann's upcoming adaptation of the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan as Gatsby and Daisy.

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