Do I ever have a costume treat for you today! 🙂
Somehow the film Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day had hitherto passed me by, until I chanced to happen across it at the library the other day. What an enjoyable watch! Not so much for the plot line, which is more or less what I believe is sometimes termed a “confection” (sweet, frothy, and without much more than a few – albeit savoury – kernels of substance), but for the gorgeous 1930s aesthetics: the art deco sets, the period-appropriate props, and, ah, those dresses….
The main character, Guinevere Pettigrew (played by Frances McDormand), runs along familiar lines: to put it into a reductive nutshell, dowdy lady gets the chance to fancy herself up a bit, and miraculous happenings ensue. Alongside her, society girl Delysia Lafosse (portrayed, with her trademark verve and utter adorableness, by Amy Adams) dodges her way through a series of wacky circumstances reminiscent of the screwball comedies of the real 1930s, but manages to emerge unscathed – and even enlightened – in the end.
And did I mention her outfits?
Although there aren’t a huge number of them, Delysia’s dresses (and other costume pieces) are just so delectable that they really need no commentary. Here they are!
And she’s not alone in the authentic-period-costume department…. Here she is with some of her fellow characters, played by Frances McDormand, Ciaran Hinds, Lee Pace, Shirley Henderson, Mark Strong, Tom Payne, and Christina Cole.
~ costume designer: Michael O’Connor ~