World News – UK – Secrets of Lily James’ Haunting Costumes in « Rebecca »


The best costume designer Julian Day might have been forgiven for fearing the task of reinventing Daphne du Maurier’s dark thriller « Rebecca » for a new millennium

After all, the author’s beloved 1938 thriller about the companion of a paid woman marrying an aristocratic British widower was iconically adapted by Alfred Hitchcock into the award-winning 1940 black and white classic. Oscars – an act difficult to follow

But Day rose to the challenge, eager to use a dazzling color palette for the opulent remake of the film starring « Downton Abbey » graduate Lily James and « Call Me By Your Name » hunk Armie Hammer It will be released Wednesday, October 21 on Netflix

“For me the 1930s marked the start of the modern era of clothing,” Day told the Post. “I love silhouettes and I was inspired by Hollywood back then – actresses like Greta Garbo – and royalty, including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor « 

Hues range from paler pastels and English country greens to smoldering purples and deep navy blues.The color transitions reflect the twisted plot that shifts from light to dark as the titular Rebecca, the late first wife of Maxim de Winter, begins to haunt her naive successor, played by James

“For the opening scenes in Monte Carlo, I put Armie, who plays the role of Maxim, in a custom costume in gold fabric,” Day said “It became the portrayal of an Oscar statuette It was basically the award for the [humble] character played by Lily « 

True to du Maurier’s book, the innocent bride is never fully named in the film During their courtship display, Maxim calls her « little fool » Later, when she arrives at her ancestral home. husband, the legendary coastal estate of Manderley, she is simply called Mrs. Winter

London-based Day, widely acclaimed as a costume designer for the two rock biopics « Bohemian Rhapsody » and « Rocketman, » described the cast of « Rebecca » as « the most beautiful actors I have ever had. worked « He especially loved dressing James who » is absolutely stunning in everything she wears « 

The 31-year-old beauty, currently at the center of a front-page sex scandal with actor Dominic West, 51, of « The Affair » fame, goes from frumpy to fabulous

« We started with her as a bit of a drab maid and then she turns into a romantic figure when she falls in love with Maxim, » Day said

Her stylish outfits include a ruffled Liberty print blouse paired with flat-front blue palazzo pants and a straw hat. “It’s so English pink in the south of France,” said Day, who has himself made most of the costumes from vintage designs

Then there’s the tight, bias-cut dress that James ends up wearing on the fateful night of Manderley’s prom.An enraged Maxim orders her to change after the manipulative head housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, played by Kristin Scott Thomas, cheats on her by copying a dress previously worn by Rebecca

« We called her the ‘sad dress’ because she’s so upset, » Day recalls The delicate floral design was custom printed on white crepe as nothing could be found ready to wear. employment

For the ominous vignette in which Ms Danvers tries to trick her new employer into jumping to her death through a window, the team adapted the dress to accommodate James’ safety harness

“We did a lot of ‘rehearsals’ as she wears the dress in multiple scenes,” Day added, explaining how different versions of the garment were designed simultaneously. “It was Lily’s favorite piece of the entire movie, so I donated it to him once we finished it « 

As for deranged villainous Mrs. Danvers, Scott Thomas wears the same pointy costume throughout the film – a sexy and sinister look inspired by a dominatrix

“I wanted to channel that vibe and Kristin played it,” Day said “Under her jacket, we wore it in chiffon blouses in colors that reflect the changing nature of a bruise I kept Googling the progression of a bruise because Mrs. Danvers was Manderley’s injury « 

Meanwhile, while the seemingly holy Rebecca doesn’t make an appearance in the film, she does showcase a fashion element in her own right, as she is often mentioned in terms of dress-up More specifically, Ms. Danvers shows off the second Ms. de Winter a vampy black chiffon nightgown worn by Rebecca as part of her psychotic campaign to intimidate her

As dark as the story is, it all added up to a « brilliant » mission for Day « I have to play with some pretty interesting costumes, » he says « It was a lot of fun »

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