2 New Must-See Movies: 50s Fashions Are Back!

Michelle Williams, star of "My Week With Marilyn" in the October issue of Vogue.

By all accounts, the new films “My Week with Marilyn”  and “J. Edgar” are must-sees!

These movies (one depicting a week in the life of Marilyn Monroe and the other a biopic about the life of J. Edgar Hoover) could both easily have been botched. When trying to resurrect a larger-than-life icon, there are many potential pitfalls. Sometimes acting can give way to mere impersonation. Sometimes a script can dissolve into cheeky nostalgia with no substance underneath.

But not this time.

More, including videos, after the jump:

“My Week With Marilyn” debuted last weekend at the New York Film Festival to stunning reviews, and it’s looking like an Oscar nod is all but inevitable for this spectacle of a film.

50s fashion afficionados will swoon over the meticulously created costumes. From recreations of Marilyn’s glittery on-screen numbers, (complete with sequin-encrusted skintight dresses) to depictions of casual evenings in the country (where we see her snuggled up in form fitting sweaters and capri pants), Michelle Williams’ outfits are picture perfect. In the film she even sports What Katie Did brand vintage style lingerie!

Another shot of Williams in 50s-era fashion in October's Vogue.

Likewise, the costuming of everyone in “J. Edgar” is spot on.

Don’t misunderstand me.  “J Edgar” is not a glamorous film. Yet, it does have style. Hoover is no Don Draper, but the perfectly recreated styles of the 30s 40s and 50s do stand out with aplomb. Throughout the movie we can’t help but notice the clean cut well dressed young men that Hoover surrounds himself with in the bureau.

Just take a look at the official trailers:

So, what do you think? Are you looking forward to these films? Have you noticed any other new movies sporting great vintage fashions? Leave a comment and let us know…

Posted on October 13, 2011, in Movies and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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