Delightful Delysia’s Delicious Dresses

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!

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

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.

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

~ costume designer: Michael O’Connor ~

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Delightful Delysia’s Delicious Dresses

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s