Designing for Anna Karenina: “Alina Kulesh speaks with Oscar-nominated costume designer, Jacqueline Durran, the creative mastermind behind Pride & Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2005) and now Joe Wright’s upcoming film, Anna Karenina. Durran’s designs had to reflect Wright’s expressionistic and experimental directorial vision – and the result is a stunning blend of two centuries.” (The Genteel)

It was such an honour to interview a mastermind like award-winning and Oscar-nominated costume designer, Jacqueline Durran. She was extremely pleasant, patient, and deeply passionate about her work.

The last question featured in the interview continued to linger in my mind: what is it about period dressing that is so damn provocative? Fashion does repeat itself, but why do we keep wanting to repeat it? Is it about fantasy? Or perhaps nostalgia?

I know that there isn’t just one answer –but to me it all comes down to playing dress-up. Remember? If you loved doing it as a kid, you still love to do it now. Besides being a form of self-expression, dressing-up was and is all about trying on a new persona. With a few clothing items you could be cinderella, a miniature version of your mom, or Sherlock Holmes.

So is our returning to the old restraining us from moving forward? Or is it all just fun and games?

You can read the full article here.


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