Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Devil Wears Prada -- Teaser #2

Interesting critique of The Devil Wears Prada at The New York Times. The article claims that the fashion image presented in the film is not a realistic image of the fashion industry but is instead a bit forced and over-the-top (not surprising, given that Patricia Field styled the film, but even so). The article quotes Anne Slowey from Elle:

Those costumes are "a caricature of what people who don't work in fashion think fashion people look like,"...Conceived and styled by Patricia Field, who assembled the wardrobe for "Sex and the City," "the clothes are a little too head-to-toe perfect."


And what does Patricia Field have to say in response?
For Ms. Field, the costumes were never intended to match reality. "Did Holly Golightly represent reality in a Givenchy dress? I was in that zone," she said. "My job is to present an entertainment, a world people can visit and take a little trip."

Sounds vaguely familiar to her response to criticism that the Sex and the City wardrobes were unrealistic as well!

4 Comments:

Blogger steveohville speakeasy said...

my buddy designed the movie poster for that movie. he was given the script to read and then some assets to design around (i haven't seen the poster, but he's one of the most decorated art directors in advertising, so i'm sure it's great).

anyways, he said the script was okay. but he's harsh critic - obviously.

btw, this is the director's first feature. but he got his bearings directing - wait for it, wait for it - "sex and the city" episodes.

10:19 PM  
Blogger TessaJ said...

Well, I figure it'll be pretty fluffy, but that's okay -- a good summer movie!

I'm finishing a book of analysis of SATC; a lot is talking about how it was filmed in the style of movies. Kind of interesting, just as an aside.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Jules said...

If you want realism, you go see a documentary. Movies about escaping reality, so who cares if the costumes aren't representative of real life?

1:46 AM  
Blogger TessaJ said...

My thoughts exactly. Who cares if it isn't "real"? It's fantasy!

10:17 AM  

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