Part of the month-long series on fashion as text
I very much enjoyed this post, Kathleen, and it reminded me of three things.
1. When I was a teenager there was a shop called The Shirt Shop which sold every kind of shirt you can imagine. ~I was never really into fashion (couldn't afford to be). but I bought several shirts from them. I remember with particular fondness the bright pink one, the one with double buttons, the one with a fly front, and the one with a polo neck in place of the collar.
2. I can't think of any examples at the moment, but film directors sometimes like to nod to others' films by, say, having the heroine wear a green dress, thereby reminding people in the know that such and such an acress wore a green cardigan in such and such a film.
3. It's interesting how novels can inadvertently tell the reader about society's mores at the time. In one of the novels by Dornford Yates the protagonist mentions that his hat blew off his head and he felt naked. That was in the 1920s in England.
Regarding clothes and fashion, I can appreciate an authentic period piece (across all categories). Miss Maisel has a good wardrobe, as far as I recall. Also, Ran springs to mind, although it might be visuals in general there, I did a comparative analysis between Ran and King Lear years ago, so I am a bit biased.
Also, re: 5th Element. I saw this recently: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjKe5-ljbx4
I love the mix of podcast and newsletter, adding to it with pictures and clips. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you :)
Fashion as text is intriguing. In my own doctoral studies, I was introduced to considering the breadth of text:
although my earliest was a “play for the page and not the stage” written by Pedro Pietri (from Illusions of a Revolving Door). Good reading!
I just LOVE The Age of Innocence, both the book and the film. It's usually said that the film adaptations are not as good as the original source, but Scorsese's film in wonderful. Plus, you get to see the gorgeous fashion you talk about in your very interesting story.
Thoroughly enjoyed Kate, as always. I listened to the podcast version, which was perfect for this as I could sit back and try to visualise all those descriptions. I'd forgotten about that scene in Gatsby, so thanks for including the clip, too.
This made me think of one of my pet peeves in certain TV shows/films, and that's when clothes seem far too fresh and pristine for the situation. I think various fantasy shows are guilty of this. They'll spend huge budget on set design and clothing, but none of the clothes look liked in. Game of Thrones did this properly, though -- I believed all of those outfits, they worked oh so well.
That makes me wonder: do you have any favourite films etc where fashion is quite prominent but is not at all of our world/time? I'm trying to think of an example. Maybe The Fifth Element? That was pretty bold with its fashion in a unique way.
A Josephine look? Now I must go see what this is. (My wife's name is Josephine!)
This is a great post and can see how it builds on fashion from last time. I have never really thought about it too much but you see it everywhere in crime fiction. Agatha Christie’s descriptions of her characters for example. It’s like it is hidden in plain sight.
So fantastic as always 💗
Love this look at filmic fashions! It's not really something I considered much before, but fashions in film and TV is so important to the visual experience.