I don’t know how many of you think about who your favorite costume designer is. I do, often. One person always is in the forefront of my mind. Colleen Atwood. Every time I am watching a movie and her name appears my heart swells with the knowledge that I will soon be witnessing clothes that will smite mine eye with a beauty so large the silver screen cannot contain it!
Colleen Atwood has been the costume designer for a long list of films including: Alice in Wonderland, Silence of the Lambs, Mars Attacks, Chicago, Sweeney Todd and many many more. Below are a few of my favorites.
Public Enemies. The linen suit that Christian Bale wears at the end of the film right before...well that's a spoiler so I won't say. Irregardless I could not, and still cannot get that suit out of my head.
Gattaca. The impeccable severity of most of the costumes in this movie are what stands out. Even the evening dress Uma Thurman is wearing in this picture reflects the societies themes of striving for perfection but without dallying into creativity and imagination. Although the way her hair is styled, down instead of her normal severe bun is an indication something is not quite normal.
Big Fish. The visual of Ewan McGregor in the daffodil field, the blue against the yellow. The unreal storybook quality of the perfection of the suit.
Sleepy Hollow. These costumes are so intricate. Delicate, yet dark and Gothic enough to suggest, if the axe wasn't clue enough, that something bad is going to happen. Miranda Richardson's dress pictured here is my favorite of the film.
Any costumes from a movie that have made an impression on you?