The Prestige

tiger sweater: h&m, jeans: american eagle, faux fur vest: hk, boots: stuart weitzman, beanie: f21, velvet bag: chanel I've...


tiger sweater: h&m, jeans: american eagle, faux fur vest: hk, boots: stuart weitzman, beanie: f21, velvet bag: chanel

I've been eyeing these Stuart Weitzman boots ever since I saw Jenny from Tsangtastic wear them. It's difficult to find boots that wrap perfectly around the calves and aren't too big, but these fit perfectly. During my trip to Hong Kong, my aunt found these boots for 70% off and bought them for me. It's rare to find good sales in Hong Kong, but I guess she got lucky. *I got lucky. 

Although my outfit really has nothing to do with the costumes from the film, "The Prestige," I wanted to dedicate a post to one of Christopher Nolan's best films. If you haven't already seen this movie, it's a must-see. This film is so masterfully crafted, it leaves the audience constantly wondering which magician had the upper hand. The costumes were designed by Joan Bergin, who was also the main designer for the television series, "The Tudors." Bergin did a spectacular job in mixing different textures in everyone's outfit, particularly in costumes that you would have overlooked. 

Here's a brief bow tie history for you guys. The black tie as we know of now, did not become popular until 1886. Pierre Lorillard designed a new kind of formal wear and wore it to a Tuxedo Ball. It became an instant hit among the other wealthy fashionable connoisseurs and... the rest is history. 


If you look closely, you'll see that both men's shirts and vests have small patterns on them. In film, it's always best to stay away from pure white costumes because of the fear of things being blown out with lighting. 

This was also the period of suspenders. Side note: men, please do not wear belts with suspenders. You either wear one or the other. 


Again, you see the attention to texture in both Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman's outfits.


Here's a super close up of Christian Bale's coat. 


Heavy stark patterns can do weird things to the camera, so costume designers always have to be mindful of which patterns to use. Here, Bergin picked a subtle pinstriped eggplant frock coat that doesn't distract from his cravat. 


Scarlett Johansson had some of the most beautiful costumes. Look at the beautiful embroidery and lace detail in this costume.




 While Scarlett Johannsson's character had more flamboyant costumes, Rebecca Hall's outfits were more subtle. However, the detail in her costumes definitely didn't pale in comparison. 


Even in the mundane costumes, Bergin found a way to really mesh all the different textures to create real works of art. 


A successful costume designer will tell a story through clothing and Bergin did exactly that. You see Rebecca Hall as a innocent, supportive wife and Scarlett Johansson's character as a woman who had her life revolve around the stage. You also see the rise in power between Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale through their outfits. 

Have I convinced you to watch this film yet? 

Love,
Maggie S.


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