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An Education on a Fashionable Era

January 12, 2010

I was lucky enough to catch “An Education”– a fantastic film starring Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard;  it was directed by Lone Scherfig and written by Nick Horny. Also noteworthy is costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux who was able to reproduce the ensuing elegance of a post-WWII era with such enchantment.

It’s possible that the fashions in this movie kept my eyes affixed to the screen even more than the striking script did.

Set in 1960’s suburban England Jenny (played by Carey Mulligan) is a 16-year old girl on the verge of womanhood. She is seduced by David, 30-something and a little too charming. He whisks her away into a life she’d only dreamed of living: fancy dinners, art auctions, classical concerts, race tracks, expensive clothes, and glamorous friends. And ultimately to Paris. If you haven’t seen this movie: you need to.

About the wardrobe: Jenny’s style  evolves from a plain-Jane schoolgirl into her idea of a cultured, sophisticated young woman with the help of her new found friend played by Rosamund Pike (seen below, left with Carey).

Dewey-eyed Jenny walks the streets of Paris like a budding socialite–like she owns this city. It’s no wonder critics are comparing Carey Mulligan’s ease and grace in front of the screen to a humbling icon: Audrey Hepburn as she portrayed the lovable Holly Golightly.

Really this is one of my top favorite films of all time and I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing the title role of Jenny better than Carey Mulligan.

What do you think about the style and wardrobe of “An Education”?

Photo credit due to Rotten Tomatoes.

One Comment leave one →
  1. raul castillo chirinos permalink
    February 28, 2011 12:28 am

    the wardrobe? is beautiful, womem of the 60’s were so elegant with all those beautiful dresses, and its amazing how Carey portrays both school girl and ”adult” women, and yes this movie is one of the best i’ve ever seen

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