Fantasy in Fabric: The Vibrant Folk-Inspired Costumes of I Am Dragon

So, I figured that an unabashedly romantic, cinematically gorgeous tale of a maiden & a dragon was as good a way as any to return to my long-abandoned blog!

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Personally, I do love a good fantasy film. And I have a VERY high tolerance for what some would deem “cheesy romance”, or “YA content”. So those factors predisposed me to enjoy the 2015 Russian film “I Am Dragon”.

However! Even if you are a complete curmudgeon, and despise all things flowery and romantic…

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…I defy your jaw not to drop at the cinematography of this particular foray into fantasy:

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The REDS, though!! Lots of them: flags, kites, berries, dresses, beads, etc….

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Watching this film felt like walking straight into a Russian folk tale illustration…. (And I’ve got plenty of recommendations on that front: anything illustrated by Gennady Spirin, Nikolai Kochergin, Ivan Bilibin, etc.!)

Oh, and did I mention the costumes? 🙂

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Pure tsarina!

And here it is, deconstructed:

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This lace-&-linen masterpiece of a wedding chemise literally had me laughing with visual delight… not unlike this:

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The details, folks!

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Not to mention those kokoshniks:

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The lake scene is pure cinematic poetry, and should make any costume-loving heart sing:

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And there’s a whole other segment of the film (without giving away any spoilers), which has its own treasure-hoard of colourful costumes, these ones more reminiscent of La Bayadère:

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I would spin around in that dress too, if I were wearing it!

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(Disclaimer: the above photo is included solely for the purple dress. Matvey Lykov is irrelevant. Yes. ;))

Even the boys get nice penannular brooches and hair beads:

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Overall, it’s a splendid example of fun with fabric!

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So, even if honeyed love stories aren’t your thing (you poor thing, you!), I highly recommend this film, for the exquisite cinematography, the spectrum of colours, and (bien sûr!), the costumes. 🙂

P.S. If you do watch it, you MUST find the original Russian version, with subtitles. This is non-negotiable! The English-dubbed version is immediately degraded several degrees by the petulant, ill-matched voices. Plus the songs simply don’t sound the same. So, the subtitled version ONLY, okay? Okay. 🙂

~ Costume design: Marina Ananeva & Irina Lunina ~

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