The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

slip dress: rodarte for target, cardigan: cotton on, faux fur vest: hong kong, velvet bag: chanel, gold & bronze heels: dsw ...

slip dress: rodarte for target, cardigan: cotton on, faux fur vest: hong kong, velvet bag: chanel, gold & bronze heels: dsw

I've been wanting a pair of gold heels for some time now, but just didn't have the money to invest in a new pair. Then, I went home for the holidays and found these two tone heels. Needless to say, I forgot about these. Good thing I didn't buy it or I would have to return one of them.

I've been meaning to wear this Rodarte for Target dress a while ago, but I was struggling with the concept of wearing lingerie inspired pieces as normal clothing. I like the extra layer of mesh because it actually makes it less like lingerie and more like a normal dress. Anyway, I paired it with a cardigan and my trusty faux fur vest for the extra layer effect.

As for costumes, this dress kind of reminds me of Lily Cole's wardrobe in the film "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus." Monique Prudhomme, the costume designer, did such a beautiful job with all the garments. She spent a lot of time hunting for jewelry and bits & pieces of trim at thrift stores and big department stores. The reason being that Doctor Parnassus is immortal and has traveled the world so it only made sense that Monique collected all her pieces from a variety of places. I must apologize for the low resolution quality of the photos. Surprisingly, although the film is such a spectacle to watch, there aren't that many great film stills of it.

For the stage costumes, Monique was instructed to look at images of 16th - 17th century Greek and Roman mythology and Commedia dell'Arte (the mask that Heath Ledger is wearing is a typical Commedia dell'Arte piece).

I really love the scale detail of Andrew Garfield's chainmail.

During filming, unfortunately Heath Ledger died. They were about to shut down the production, but decided to continue it in remembrance of Heath Ledger. In preproduction, they had already established that Heath Ledger's character, Tony, was going to wear a white suit when entering the fantasy world. Johnny Depp represented the romantic side of Tony while Jude Law carried the ambitious side of Tony. Finally, Colin Farrell plays the Tony that meets his fate. Although they all wear white suits, none of them wear it the same because they all represent different sides of Tony's character.

You also see the different cultural pieces that is shown in their costumes. It definitely shows the immortality of the doctor and where he has traveled.

These photos really don't do any justice to the film. I believe it's on Netflix. It's not the greatest film in the world, but you really see the attention to detail in the costumes. All theater buffs love the whole aesthetic of the film just because it's so theatrical. 

Till next time! 

Maggie S.

P.S. If any of you are Aimee Song's (Song of Style) fans, make sure to send her and Wes Mason your prayers. Wes Mason just lost his mom to cancer and I'm sure they need all the support they can get. 

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