Costume Spotting in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) is a quaint little film. Why quaint? Well, it has what I saw described in one review as a “genteel” tone overall (apart from the odd bit of quite coarse language, and a couple of fairly brief bedroom scenes). In fact, I found its melange of mismatched lovers + gently comedic repartee + quirky but ultimately noble aim to be somewhat reminiscent of movies from an older era – perhaps the ’30s or ’40s.

In terms of costumes, they are definitely an understated bunch of garments, but sweet in their own way!

Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt) and Dr. Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor) start out in fairly standard-issue office attire, with a small twist each: she favours slightly vintage-y jewel-toned cardigans over floral blouses, while his rather uptight nature is reflected in suits, ties, and sweater vests.




During their sojourn in Scotland, they switch to deeper colours and earthier textures:



Particularly notable is the long velvet evening dress she wears, with a rhinestone starburst brooch adding to its 1940s-style charm:




Changing countries again, our two characters make their way to Yemen, where they don appropriately sand-hued attire, with breezy buttoned shirts and khaki cargo pants:








As for the Sheikh (Amr Waked), his robes are very impressive; however, I must admit that it was not his costumes, but rather his aquiline profile that caught my attention:


Now that is a great accoutrement! 😉

~ costume design: Julian Day ~

P.S. I wanted to mention that the vaguely “retro” feel of this film, with its comedic verbal sparring, graceful heroine & slightly bumbling hero, and focus on salmon, reminded me of another and more obscure “fishing film” which some may not have seen. So just for pure viewing pleasure, here’s one of my favourite funny scenes from vintage Hollywood, with William Powell in Libelled Lady:



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