Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Wolfman: Gothic Costume in Film


If you saw my Anti-Valentine guide posts in the past few weeks, you might think that I am not a romantic. You are wrong, for I love a passionate dark romance. Unfortunately the feedback on this film was beastly. Was it the performances? The direction? It certainly was not for lack of style. The costumes by Milena Canonero (Marie Antoinette) were meticulous and set a deliciously dark tone to the Victorian setting.
Benicio Del Toro's flamboyant fur coat hints at his forward animal nature in a sea of conservative gentleman. Anthony Hopkins wears a patterned silk cravat and tie indicating a classic, sophisticated upbringing. However the soft, unstructured shoulders indicate a softer, perhaps tired soul. Emily Blunt's character, the fiancee of Lawrence Talbot (aka The Wolfan) wears formal, structured silhouettes. However the dark colors and curved lines frame her face and body for strong femininity.

Photos courtesy of Clothes on Film by Chris Laverty. A fantastic site about costume design in movies.


Melanie's Randomness said...

The costumes were just beautiful in this movie!! Emily Blunt pulled it off with class!! I'd love to steal half her wardrobe from the movie!! I liked the Wolfman, deep down I'm a romantic as well.

princess said...

I´m going to the movies this evening, and watch this one ^^ looks so good, specially the costume and effects.

take care

Chris said...

I appreciate your interest in my site, however I draw your attention to the copyright notice at the foot of this page:


Please add a link back to the original post at Clothes on Film as soon as possible.


The Baroness said...

Still coveting the evening gown she wore to dinner with the beaded shoulders <3


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