A couple of weeks ago I went to see one of the loveliest movies I have seen this year: About Time.
They call it a romantic comedy, but About Time is a bit more than that… and very well so since I usually hate romantic comedies!
This one was really special: the plot, the moral, the actors and of course, Mary’s (Rachel McAdams) beautiful retro inspired wardrobe! Was it a coincidence that when Tim takes her home on their first date, she lives above a vintage shop??!! Yes and no!
I was convinced during the whole movie that she was wearing vintage pieces, but guess what? I was mostly wrong! I couldn’t help looking for her looks on Internet when I got home, and what I found out was incredibly surprising! I indeed read an interview with Verity Hawkes, the costume designer of the movie, where she explained the details of Mary’s closet. She said: “We wanted Mary’s look to be eclectic; a combination of vintage and modern that would give her an original quirky cute look. At the time, we used references like Kate Moss, one because Mary’s character admires her and because she is a perfect style icon. Although, we had to tone the “Kate style” down for Mary as her character is much less confident and stylish. I also referenced Annie Hall or her kookiness. But, as always, you start from a reference point and then the character takes on their own identity throughout the fitting process until hopefully you have a totally original unique character.”
What is crazy about it, is that most of her pieces comes from economic high street labels. For example, the blue dress that she is wearing when she meets Tim for the first time is the Henry Holland for Debenhams Navy Eiffel Tower and Poodle Print Dress.
The red cardigan from their first date(s) night is from New Look and it came from Verity Hawkes’s closet.
Some of the dresses and the handbags that she often wears come from Zara- like the yellow Guipure Combination Dress or the tan handbag.
Other lovely pieces are from Asos, like the neon yellow elephant-print shirt or the Floral Embroidered Shirt Dress
Even the famous red wedding dress was a vintage ’50s piece from Angels, a UK based costume shop, that was altered to create the final piece. Miss Hawkes said, “I wanted the dress to look like Mary had found it in a vintage shop and fell in love with it, I didn’t want her to look like she spent any time in wedding dress fittings.”
Isn’t it an amazing idea to create retro inspired outfits mixing vintage pieces with high street and designer? This was an amazing choice in my opinion and her wardrobe gave Mary’s something more to like her for!