I just saw the film The Artist. If you haven't heard, (forgive the corny pun), The Artist is a modern day silent film that is set in the late 20's about (Jean Dujardin as)George Valentin silent film star, whose life is turned upside down by the advent of talkies. Opposite Dujardin is Bérénice Bejo as Peppy Miller, the young ingenue who is taking Talking pictures by storm.
Tears and laughter abound. Not only did I love every minute of the film but being addicted to all things of the art deco era, I could hardly stand the fabulous costuming. Spectacular. Mark Bridges, costume designer for There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights, The Fighter, Fur and so many others took The Artist to task.
Inspired by Clara Bow and Joan Crawford Bridges documents the road to success in Bejo's wardrobe. Peppy goes from wearing classic simple drop waist dresses to beaded and chiffon gowns. An insane monkey fur jacket is one of the highlights! Vintage of couse! Working in black and white meant working in contrasts, textures primarily.
Bridges had to recreate most of the 20's garments to create a wardrobe, as the delicate fabrics and details would hardly hold up to filming. And as we vintage lovers know hard to find. Creating his own patterns from authentic period pieces he made many of the dresses in contemporary fabrics.
He also reconstructed styled a few modern beaded pieces since the 20's (as always in my opinion) are in vogue. According to The Hollywood Reporter the costume's are in Ms. Bejo's closet at her home in Paris, but will travel to Los Angeles for display at FIDM during award's season!
If you have not seen it yet, do!
P.S. Check out this fabulous blog post on Mark Bridges Costume design for There Will Be Blood by Stitched and Stitched. http://www.stitchedandstitched.com/?p=300