I can’t quite pinpoint exactly what it is about movies that I love so much, but the truth is I’m a little film obsessed. Perhaps its the sheer escapism of entering another world for a full hour or two; perhaps it’s the fascination with their influence on other parts of culture. Of the latter point, film and fashion are often inextricably linked. Trends on screen reflect trends in our wardrobes, and vice-versa.
Now, if you had told me yesterday that in the near future I’d be adding a Madonna-directed film to my must-see list, your fate would have been that of Cassandra’s. Your prophecy would have been met with an incredulous scoff. But today, seeing these first stills from Madonna’s directorial debut W.E, my mind changed in a heartbeat. The film is now on my must-see list.
The story, we’re told, is a “two-tiered romantic drama focusing on the affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson and a contemporary romance between a married woman [played by Abbie Cornish] and a Russian security guard.” It’s no surprise that, in the absence of any trailers or detailed plot lines, the enthusiasm comes down largely to the costuming. It’s in the capable hands of Arianne Phillips, Madonna’s personal stylist and the woman behind the costume design for A Single Man. So far, so promising.
And the influence on fashion?
From the upcoming Great Gatsby film to the success of Boardwalk Empire we’ve long been predicting that the 1920s and 30s will make a blurred together return to fashion. Add to that the fact that Dior’s fall 2011 collection already directly referenced Wallis Simpson as an inspiration, and the evidence of the current fascination with an era is steadily mounting.
Madonna’s directorial debut W.E is slated for general release in December 2011.
Photos via Grazia.