Thursday, March 5, 2009

Cinematically the Waist

Chinatown, 1974
Starring Faye Dunaway
Directed by Roman Polanski
Costumes by Anthea Sylbert

Look at all that cheekbone. Drink it in.


Oscar-winning Actress and past Icon of the Week, Faye "Whatchu Talkin' 'bout, Gittes" Dunaway and good ole Jackie Nichs star in Roman Polanski's 70s film noir classic, Chinatown. Unlike the films of that genre from the 40s, this more modern take ratched up the violence and the sex, sometimes in one fell slap. And through it all, Dunaway is laying on the crazy -- thick -- and looking absolutely flawless in the process. Her Evelyn Mulwray is a woman fallen off the verge of a nervous breakdown and into a big, steaming vat of couture and messed up shit.

My father is a murderer and a rapist who forced me to conceal our child together by passing her off as my sister, thus this ascot is the only thing keeping my head from spinning off like a top at Chanukah.

Dunaway's look for the entire film is classic both in style and influence. The 40s and particularly film noir have always been a source of inspiration for designers because of the high drama. What's better than a glamorous and sophisticated woman not afraid of wielding a gun in public?
Miss Otis Regrets nothing.

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