Curse of the Golden Flower

  cobalt blue cardigan: urban outfitters, yellow chiffon top: hk, magenta pleated skirt: f21, orange satchel bag: marc by marc ...

 cobalt blue cardigan: urban outfitters, yellow chiffon top: hk, magenta pleated skirt: f21, orange satchel bag: marc by marc jacobs, caged tan heels: bakers, belt: urban outfitters

I normally have one statement color piece in my outfits, but today I decided to go crazy. Haha. Just kidding. Not really. One of the reasons why I love traditional Asian dresses is because of the beautiful patterns and colors. It's the same as admiring an art piece. Whenever I'm designing costumes, I take a painting for inspiration and pull colors from it to create a color palette for that specific play or film. It makes life so much easier because the artist already matched all the colors for you and you don't have to think about whether this green will match with that purple. The same goes for outfits. Be inspired by a Monet or Degas and you'll be a pro at mixing and matching not only colors, but prints and patterns too. (The key to mixing prints and patterns usually lies with the color scheme.)

Since my outfit is so vibrant today, we're going to talk about one of the most decadent films of all time, "Curse of the Golden Flower." Yee Chung Man is not only a costume designer, but also an art director, production designer and film director. This movie got him nominated for Best Costume Design for the Oscars and Academy Awards. The film takes place in the later years of the Tang Dynasty, which was known for its flamboyancy. Many Chinese films based on this era just because of the beautiful clothing and the lavishness of this era. As you may of known, gold is used extensively in Chinese films and Yee Chung Man takes it to a whole new level. You'll see what I mean.

Look at their crowns and the intricate embroidery on their costumes. You thought "Shakespeare in Love" was amazing? These two gowns took 40 artisans in the course of 2 months to finish this 4 layer costume. Do you recognize Jay Chou in the back?

The whole idea behind designing such a lavish exterior, whether it be production design or costume design, was to bring forth the notion that even behind a beautiful facade, there are dark secrets that lurk from within.

Ok. I have to point this out. The costumes are of course, not 100% accurate. There was no way in hell that women were allowed to show that much cleavage. Actually, I don't know if you can even call it cleavage because half the boobs are popping out. Unlike the Western culture, Asians were very modest. Girls could be drowned by any sign of indecency.

Look at Gong Li's phoenix crown. It's quite amazing.

Again, everything was heavily saturated including the lighting.

Has anyone seen this film? 

Maggie S.

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