Cinematic Costume Design Makes for Great Inspiration
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This time of year always marks an interesting time for me; it’s time to start assembling my Mermaid Parade costume. I have marched in the parade a few years in a row now in Coney Island, New York and have made a different themed costume each time.
This year my cotume will be based on a character marooned on an island during the 18th century. While trying to explain the costume’s parts to a friend in my group, I used the movie Dangerous Liaisons as my inspirational reference.
For those of you who haven’t seen this movie from 1988, put it on your Netflix cue now. The costumes are absolutely astounding. James Acheson actually won the Oscar for Best Costumes for this film, and it was beyond well deserved.
I will always remember these opening credits and how they exemplified the character’s excess, boredom, and amazing fashion. Watch the clip above to see Glenn Close and John Malcovich getting dressed by their attendees and see all the amazing work that went into these incredible garments.
Dangerous Liaisons will always live on in my mind as one of my top 3 all-time favorite costume movies. What are your favorite film costumes?
P.S. And if anyone has any tips on how to create a caged crinoline like the one seen at 1:15 in the clip above, do share. Judy and I have been brainstorming everything from Japanese lanterns to plant potters.