#The great gatsby
I am eagerly anticipating the movie The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann, and most importantly the costumes by Catherine Martin. From the little i have read about the project, there seems to a strong vein of contemporary running throughout the film, with modern music, and i think the costume worn by Carey Mulligan can show the contemporary design aesthetics interwoven with the period silhouette, very excited about this, cannot wait to see it!
Great autumn set from Mamechiyo carries a richness that only perfect color matching can.
The green of the kimono is slightly dulled (unexpected from Mamechiyo, who mostly deal in saturated solids), but the golds in the haori and the obi are so bright and clear they manage to pick up the green without making it dark or washed out. I’m almost certain it’s because of the red obiage, which mediates between the obi and the forest green, and because the leaves in the haori are full of red-orange.
Golden brown leaves on the juban eri are also a really cool touch, and using a cream collar that matches the cream of the haori is also smart. This is taking small bits of color from one layer and using it again in a far distant layer. The effect is like stitching the color together through the whole outfit.
I think the obi could look cheap and flat if it didn’t have the obidome accessory and the chain of the haori across it to break up the tablecloth-ness of the fabric.
By blurring the lines between photograph and painting, Nederveen develops a magical realism that inspires us to see the world with new eyes. By distressing and aging the work he creates the sense of past and present; of struggle and transformation. A glass-like layer of resin coats each piece, enhancing the clarity of the image and reflecting the viewer into the work.
"‘To adapt something is to means to ‘fit, adjust, modify’, and film costumes do exactly this: they conform to notions of realism, but also need to employ notions of cinematic spectacle. Even though their designers are often at pains to point out the extent of historical research that has been undertaken in the name of in the name of accuracy and authenticity … films seldom reproduce exact replicas, of say historical … fashions.’"
Costume in Cineam: Dress code in Popular film, Routledge, London