Monday, 15 August 2011

New to the boutique: 1960s hostess gown as worn by Julianne Moore in A Single Man

Tom Ford's directorial debut A Single Man came in out in 2009. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Isherwood and stars Colin Firth, who was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of George Falconer, and Julianne Moore.

Based in California and taking place over the course of a single day, November 30th 1962, the film places emphasis on the culture of the 1960s; the production design is by the same team that designed TV show Mad Men, which is set in the same era.

One of the movie's most memorable moments is the dance scene with Firth and Moore:

The monochrome caped column dress worn by Moore was made by Neusteters, an upmarket department store that closed in 1985. Costume Designer Arianne Phillips sourced this dress for the movie. I'm informed there would have been about 40 dresses made for the store and I've have managed to track down the exact same design.

The dress is size 10-12 and is available to buy here. The back of the gown is covered with a floor-length monochrome cape, as seen in this photo:

The front of the dress has a high neckline and a tapered white panel down the centre:
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Moore's 60s look has inspired several online hair and make-up tutorials:

Stephanie Theobald wrote a really interesting piece on Julianne Moore's character in A Single Man, explaining why a vamp on the verge of a breakdown is irresistible. Read the full article here. The Times called Moore's style 'sloshed chic' when the movie came out - read my previous blog post here.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Grazia Hot Trend: Embellished Collars

Jewelled Peter Pan collars are all over the designer collections & high street this season. Grazia magazine featured this style as one of their hot trends this week:

We have three stunning vintage dresses with unusual collar details in the boutique. Our Naomi Party Dress is an original 1960s handmade garment in metallic fabric with grey and gold woven thread. It has a cream lace collar with ribbon detail - very Alexa Chung - and the dress is fully lined.

Our second dress is a gorgeous 1960s-inspired design with white plastic 'gemstones' sewn onto the neckline. Available to buy here.

Finally we have a stunning Peggy French Couture late 1960s dress with embellished collar detail, available to buy here.

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