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A big budget Hollywood film that spans the time period 1918 to 2005, only backwards (!) was bound to provide scope (and challenges) when it comes to costume and styling. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which opens in cinemas here next Friday, is the latest film by David Fincher (Fight Club, Seven), a director with an artist’s eye for detail, costume being no exception.
With a range of eras to choose from, the Bohemian postwar style is what jumps out. Amongst stand out pieces, leading man Brad Pitt wears a series of jaunty driving caps in homage to Marlon Brando‘s fifties counter cultural icon.
Elsewhere, slouchy suits, a perfect shawl-collar cardigan and a leather flight jacket are reminiscent of recent collections by YMC whilst at times the scooter-riding Mr Pitt could easily have stepped out of one of The Sartorialist’s Italian shots. Big on atmosphere and detail, this is definitely one movie where the visual can be savoured as much as the storytelling.
Read more about the costume design for the film here.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is in UK cinemas from February 6.[Image: Paramount/Everett/Rex Features]
By Colin Chapman | January 29th, 2009