Saturday, April 14, 2012

Fashion in Films: Mirror Mirror

     Aside from being a fashion editorial stylist for a Conde' Nast publication, I would also love to be the costume designer for a television show or feature film. And of course when I say costume designer, I don't mean like Janie Bryant for Mad Men (she actually designs and constructs most of the looks in the show.) Think more like Eric Daman for Gossip Girl or Patricia Field for Sex in the City, who both interpret the looks on screen in conjunction with the script and the clothes that are available on set or are borrowed from several fashion house show rooms. And the beauty that I love about this job is the fantasy. Costume designers are able to imagine and create a world with absolutely no limits and the movie Mirror Mirror is a prime example of that. 

     I saw this movie a couple of days after it hit theaters and I must say that it was everything that I expected it to be. The Snow White plot aside (which wasn't exactly the same story that we grew up with, especially if you saw the Disney cartoon version -- no spoilers here) the costume design was absolutely breathtaking and beautiful. The costume designer Eiko Ishioka (who unfortunately died in January, even before the movie premiered which must have been tragic) created a lot of beautiful dresses filled with volume, grandeur, and color. It definitely stayed true to the fantasy aspect of the story -- very whimsical, dreamy, and regal (especially for Julia Roberts's Evil Queen character) -- but at the same time very playful and romantic which resonates with the main theme of the movie. 

     Since I'm such a fairytale and fantasy fanatic, I was beyond inspired with all of Lily Collins's costumes in the movie, especially the oversized yellow coat complete with bows (at the neck and elbows) that she wore during the beginning of the film. I distinctly remember saying to my movie companion, "I WANT that coat. NOW." And of course, I was all for the layers of tulle, volume of the skirts, intricate embroideries and floral appliques, exaggerated shoulders, and use of the bright colors in the fabric choices. Julia Roberts's character as the Queen donned a lot of monochromatic looks, but complete with all the frills and details which was perfect for a reigning wicked Queen. Lily Collins as Snow White, on the other hand, exhibited a softer color palette but with a lot of vibrant details to showcase her youth and liveliness. Even the swan ensemble that Lily wore during the Queen's party for Prince Alcott (played by Armie Hammer) wasn't at all ridiculous to me. It was absolutely fantastic and dreamy. I believe that the dream aspect, imagination, and creativity in these costumes was vital to the understanding and presentation of the story. 

Love, KB

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