Although the new version of Leo Tolstoy's classic was itself a touch disappointing (i.e. the part of Anna was more than slightly over-acted by Keira Knightley and I also found the constant physical moving of the scenery in the movie, as if one were watching a live play, somewhat disconcerting) , the costumes were a true visual feast.
Designed by Jacqueline Durran, the decadent wardrobe for the movie was inspired by the idea of mixing chic 1950s couture with traditional styles from the 1870s - the time period in which the story is set. Nipped-in bodices with the floor-length skirts of the nineteenth century were adorned with vintage furs, diamonds and Chanel pearls, giving the movie a sense of grandeur it would have otherwise lacked.
NY Mag interviewed Jacqueline Durran about her captivating costumes, which you can read here.
- Michelle x