Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Out of Africa

Hope you are all well and had a good Christmas! Once again I've been neglecting the blog. Apologising starts to get a bit old but those of you who blog will know that bloggers guilt! So today I'm catching up on a post that I started to write over Christmas. One of the best things about Christmas is all those good old films they have on. One day I sat down and watched Out of Africa, with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. (Most of you will have seen it but if not click on the link for a plot summary.) Its a beautifully shot film, a wonderful story and well worth watching if you haven't already seen it. But what really struck me this time was the way Meryl Streep's costumes changed over the course of the film.

From the initial fur & almost military styled outfits with elaborate hats as an independent and determined woman in Denmark, as her character changes and grows so do her clothes. Her costumes are used to express the deeper feelings and motives in each scene. She wears a "school teacher outfit" when she goes to talk to the villagers, she begins to wear classic safari clothes as she becomes more adventurous and goes on safari. Then her clothes become softer and more flowing and feminine towards the end of the movie as she herself becomes more vulnerable. The costumes are all very beautiful and were designed by Milena Canonero, who was nominated for an Academy Award for the costumes.


Anonymous said...

I am so glad you are back Missmilky and with such a great post! I haven't seen the movie yet, which is a shame, so thanks for not sharing the plot!

I also love watching the evolution a of movie characters through clothes.

Anonymous said...

That's one of those films I always mean to watch and never get around to!!!

And thanks for the suggestions!

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Sabine said...

It's such an atmospheric film. Always loved the outfits in it. Sabine x

Anonymous said...

Fabulous pics. I heart Meryl I always forget how amazing looking she is in this film. Love the first pic too.

Aot said...

Oh! I love Meryl Streep she just won golden globe awards again. She has portray lots of powerful women and done it so well. I love her movies.

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Little Monarch said...

welcome back! XO

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GraceGal said...

love this movie :)

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

I do love the costumes and subtle progression. Meryl Streep is perfection as well.

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Does anyone know where fashions like the ones Meryl Streep wore in the movie are available? Some of the blouses & skirts are pure romantic classics. The hats are gorgeous. Can any of this be found anywhere? I have searched all over & cannot find ANYTHING. Help!

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