A beautiful facade: Madonna’s W.E in Vanity Fair

Let the wardrobe-lust truly begin.

We already had a pretty good inkling that the costuming in Madonna’s W.E would leave us inspired, such is the power of Arianne Phillips (you may note A Single Man and Walk The Line amongst her list of previous wardrobe credits); now that inkling has become a certainty. James D’Arcy and Andrea Riseborough (who play King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson in the film) step into their regal roles for a shoot in the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine, photographed by Tom Munro.

vanity fair W.E costumes

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Windsor Dressing: Vanity Fair, September 2011
Windsor Dressing: Vanity Fair, September 2011
Windsor Dressing: Vanity Fair, September 2011
Windsor Dressing: Vanity Fair, September 2011
Windsor Dressing: Vanity Fair, September 2011
Windsor Dressing: Vanity Fair, September 2011
Windsor Dressing: Vanity Fair, September 2011
Windsor Dressing: Vanity Fair, September 2011
Windsor Dressing: Vanity Fair, September 2011

In the accompanying article, Phillips says;

“Wallis and the Duke both made a lifestyle out of presentation. . . . It was a beautiful façade.

He said that because she never got a title he gave her jewelry to make her feel royal.”

And with Phillips behind the wheel we don’t mind if the costuming too is a beautiful facade; it’s certainly a good enough reason to see the film.

For more of a preview of what the film’s 60+ outfit changes have in store, click on the gallery above.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.