1910's fashions, Alison Elliot, Belle Epoque, Helena Bonham Carter, Henry James, Iain Softley, Linus Roache, Sandy Powell
Based on the Henry James novel of the same name, “The Wings of the Dove,” directed by Iain Softley, 1997, tells the tale of a love triangle between Kate, Helena Bonham Carter, Merton, Linus Roache, and Millie, Alison Elliot. The impeccable costumes were designed by powerhouse, Sandy Powell.
The year is 1910, and the London elite clothed in the oriental-inspired finery by Paul Poiret, luxuriate in peace, before World War I befalls Europe. Exoticism abounds, rich colors, Art Nouveau influences, feminine lines, softness are the trends of the day.
This in-between era, between Edwardian in England, (Belle Epoque still rages on the continent) and Art Deco, is so rich in detail and femininity, it’s becoming my favorite. The film itself has flaws, but the costumes are perfection.
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