The Rum Diary's Amber Heard has an Old Hollywood glamour going on that I really dig, from her red carpet looks to her recent ad campaign with Guess. Her latest film keeps in line with that look: The Rum Diary takes place in 1950s Puerto Rico, so the looks of the era suited Heard perfectly. Acclaimed costume designer Colleen Atwood (who I previously wrote about in this post about Amanda Seyfried in In Time) was responsible for the costumes.
She dished Nylon magazine about Heard's amazing outfits.
Let's talk about the main female in the film, Amber Heard's character Chenault.
Chenault was sort of the frosting on the cake, because she had style. Within the parameters of the story she was the only person who was actually chic. My inspiration for her was this kind of Irving Penn, mid '50s feeling of beautiful doyenne, perfectly fitting clothes and perfectly elegant.
How do you even get started thinking about clothes for a film like this? The Rum Diary is based on a specific time and place. The first step is finding photo research and info about the period and the time, so we looked at lots of old pictures. We started looking at clothes that just had the right feeling, starting with Johnny. We a lot to southern Florida, that type of style, since there wasn't a lot to go from. It was interesting because we had to dress the poorest of the poor to the richest of the rich.
Where do you get the clothing?
We made a lot of the principle's clothes just to get it perfect and for the extras we rented from costume shops. I also look online and at vintage stores.