We Spoke To The Designer Behind Keira Knightley’s Incredible Costumes In Colette

Colette, the biopic in regards to the revolutionary novelist, is lastly out in cinemas this week! Starring Keira Knightley because the Gigi writer, it shines a brand new gentle on her life and the way she rewrote social and gender guidelines within the Belle Époque. Aside from being an inspiring feminist story forward of its time, the film is a must-see for its elaborate costumes created by Hungarian designer Andrea Flesch, who’s being dealt with as a probable 2019 Oscars nominee. We chatted to Andrea to learn how she introduced Colette to life, what it means to costume a whole film and the way Keira Knightley influenced her work…

Why are you excited to be part of this movie?

There are such a lot of causes. Firstly I really like this era, I really like each facet of it. Then I really like Wash, the director, and all of the actors that had been forged. And Colette is without doubt one of the biggest feminine writers in historical past to me, so when all of it got here collectively it created this large alternative.

The place did you begin your analysis? 

This was the primary time I labored on this particular interval, so I began by taking a look at drawings from that point and familiarising myself with it. It’s all the time very attention-grabbing while you work on a brand new interval for the primary time as a result of there are such a lot of new issues to study and uncover.

Did you’re taking quite a lot of cues from the actual Colette?

Sure completely. I attempted to search out out the whole lot about her. I checked out photographs, learn tales about her and purchased all her books. It actually helped that there have been so many photos of her out there. I discovered photos relationship all the way in which again to her childhood, so I might hint again her complete life in pictures. And I truly additionally discovered a couple of movies of her – that was simply unbelievable.


Did her persona and life story affect the clothes you created?

Completely. By going by her life story and the photographs I might really feel her persona and that’s what I needed to indicate. I needed all the garments to be symbolic of her character. She impressed me quite a bit, which helped me to showcase her persona within the film.


Colette was being photographed quite a bit, which was uncommon for that point. Why do you suppose that individuals had been so fascinated by her?

She was so forward of her time. She by no means needed to suit any expectations of her, even in her childhood. At the moment there have been so many guidelines about what a lady ought to be and the way she ought to behave, however you’ll be able to inform that she completely wasn’t occupied with these guidelines. That’s why individuals had been so fascinated by her.

Did you introduce any new components which may not be true to the period?

I attempted to take the principle essence of her and her fashion, however then exaggerated and concentrated it in some locations. For instance, I discovered this 1930s mutton-sleeve sweater which was very uncommon for that point as a result of it seemed like a shirt but it surely was knitted. It was unbelievable, so I created a duplicate of that for her. So what I did was to reinforce the fashion she already had.

What was your predominant inspiration?

The most important inspiration for me had been work from that period. The painters had been wonderful again then and actually captured what the garments seemed like and their colors.


Do you could have a favorite look within the movie?

No, as a result of all of them are so essential to me. I labored on it for therefore lengthy and tried to make all of it good, in order that’s why I can’t choose a favorite.

How does her clothes evolve all through the movie?

The movie reveals her improvement from younger nation woman to Parisian icon, so the garments develop along with her. When she strikes to Paris she finds new methods to precise herself and that additionally reveals in her wardrobe.

Did you employ any authentic items from the interval?

Lots truly. My idea was to make use of authentic items as a lot as I might, so I searched extensively. Many of the jewelry and the hats even had been authentic. Then I made the costumes that I couldn’t discover or that had been very particular.

What was your largest problem with this mission?

There positively had been some challenges. The yellow gown she wore within the countryside was certainly one of them – as a result of the script dictated that she would put on it to her first Parisian celebration, so it needed to work for each the nation and this celebration. It was very troublesome to discover a appropriate gown. I additionally needed to create this Egyptian gown for the theatre scene and that was difficult to make as a result of she had to have the ability to dance in it. Plus, there have been so many photos of the unique gown so it needed to do them justice. Then there have been these characters who aren’t within the film as a lot, and who you solely get to see a couple of times. Which means you have to make a fantastic costume for them in order that viewers will get the character at first impression.

What was it like working with Keira Knightley?

It was very, very inspiring and fortunately we agreed in regards to the costumes more often than not. She was very useful with the thought course of as a result of she felt this character so deeply. That’s what made it simple. She additionally helped me quite a bit as a result of when she wore the costumes she introduced them to life. How she walked and moved in them was precisely how meant for the garments to appear to be. It was wonderful.

What’s your favorite decade when it comes to vogue?

Every part from the 18th century to the 1930s could be very inspiring to me. After I see a unprecedented piece of clothes I really feel it in my abdomen and that largely occurs with clothes from that point.

How did you get into costume design within the first place?

After I was about 16 I beloved the theatre and that’s after I knew. I began searching for a fancy dress designer to work for and located this Hungarian designer. I labored for her for about 4 years from after I was 17. I made the choice to not examine costume design at college, however fairly to study it instantly from somebody working within the discipline. I used to be actually fortunate as a result of the girl I used to be working for was very well-known and acquired a great deal of jobs. At some point a director approached her for a play however she was too busy so I took over. Since then I’ve all the time had work, main as much as Colette right now.

Colette is out in cinemas now… 

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