This is a really interesting bit of video, exclusive to Clothes on Film (for about five minutes). It is a snapshot look at the costume design work of wonderful Mary Zophres for the Coen Brothers’ version of True Grit. Well worth a watch.
Zophres’ contribution to the film is up for an Oscar, BAFTA, CDG and no doubt a few other hefty acronyms. For those who have not yet seen True Grit, it is a late 19th century western clothes fest (Greatcoat! Buckskin! Angora chaps!), even though the main characters only undertake scant costume changes. The muted colour palette, in particular, effectively and subtly evokes the setting, weather and overall mood of the piece. Not bright and cheery, but dull and pungent. Go see it as soon as you can.
True Grit starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld is released on 11th February in the UK.
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