Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Converting to the Fabulous 1930s

Last night Boyfriend and I had a chance to preview a feather light and sophisticated comedy - Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. It will be out on 15th Aug in the UK but I guess many of you who live in US have watched the film. The movie has a brilliant cast and beautifully photographed. Just imagine silk satin, velvet, fur and all the fabulous 1930's décor. I don't usually do posts on movies, but it is simply marvellous for any girl who loves vintage, fashion and of course life.

Do you believe there is a day that we can discover life and find love both at the same time? Two lucky women will find that out in the most important 24 hours in their lives. Everything is on chance and your own character - 2 key elements of the fate and destiny.

In 1939 London, Miss Guinevere Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) is a mid-aged governess who is once again unfairly dismissed from her job. She suddenly realises that perhaps is the time to seize the day. She intercepts an employment that does not belong to her professional recommendation letters. She goes for an interview as "social sectary" - responsible for the care of day-to-day affairs assistant.


Miss Guinevere Pettigrew (played by Frances McDormand) at the interview

All the sudden,
Miss Pettigrew is catapulted into a completely different and glamorous world of her employer, an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams). Within minutes, Miss Pettigrew finds herself swept into a heady high-society milieu and help Delysia navigating her career and a messy love life that complicatedly involves 3 men: devoted pianist Michael (Lee Pace), intimidating nightclub owner Nick (Mark Strong) and impressionable junior impresario Phil (Tom Payne).

Meanwhile, Miss Pettigrew is blushingly drawn to Joe Blumfield (Ciaran Hinds), an influential fashion designer who is tenuously engaged to haughty fashion maven Edythe (Shirley Henderson) who senses that "social secretary" may be out her element, and schemes to undermine her. So what will happen in the next 24 hours...

Delysia Lafosse (played by Amy Adams) in a peach silk satin negligee with feather sleeves
Such a feminine and elegant gown


Miss Lafosse's Bedroom
(The beautiful and luxury décor of 1930's - the love of
satin, silk and velvet
and soft & clean colour - the return of elegance)


Miss Lafosse's Vanity


Miss Lafosse's Living Room



Miss Lafosse's in a beautiful blue dress is going to a lingerie fashion show!
(
1930s - budding rounded busts and clearly defined waistline,
foreheads have been revealed and adorned with small hats with/without veils,
soft curls give more feminine and sweet image)










Edythe (Shirley Henderson) hosts the fashion show



Everyone wakes Miss Pettigrew up from the facial!



Miss Pettigrew's transformation





'Pushing Daisies' star Lee Pace plays devoted pianist Michael



For the evening, Miss Lafosse wears gold lamé long gown
while Miss Pettigrew has a midnight blue velvet dress.

(Wealth women in 1930's do not really wear practical day wear. Many clothes can be worn for both day and evening occasions. However, metallic
lamé, sequins and glass beads are very popular for evening... in general, the shinier and richer, the better.)



Designer, Joe Blumfield (Ciaran Hinds) dances with Miss Pettigrew.








Girls, if you love fashion and style, I really hope you love this beautiful movie....

65 comments:

Nadine said...

Wow... looks like an awesome movie! I'll try to watch it!

Sharon Rose said...

Hi there-what a fantastic post-you really sold the story with your stunning words and pictures-beautifully presented, a lovely post my dearest!!

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fashion herald said...

How did I miss this? I've got to see it now! And Frances McDormand is such a fantastic actress.

Kat said...

Oh wow, love love love the look of this film! I love these kind of films set in the 30s/40s and this looks just lovely.
Amy looks adorable in her blue ensemble and the decor in the rooms is just pure 30's glamour.

CoutureCarrie said...

What luxurious spaces and costumes!

Little Bow Prep said...

AMAZING costumes! I think I will watch the movie just for this! The pictures are fab, and this post is fab! Oh, and I love Amy Adams of course!

I love the living space; it's so classic and chic. I want to design my house just like that when I grow up :)

enc said...

The '30s are probably my most favorite time for design, decor, and fashion. Oh, and hair. The '40s had great hair, too, and the '20s had great design, decor, and fashion, but the '30s was the decade that really tied all the beginnings of the century together. For me, anyway.

The sets and costumes are brilliant in that film.

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

hellllllo Lee Pace! just introduced to this guy and wow! great post, love!

La Femme Chic said...

OOoh, I will have to check this movie out! I love Amy Adams!

The Seeker said...

Wow, what a great review.
I was told about this movie and I was wanting to see it.
Great pictures.
A very well done work darling.

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Richel said...

those are some amazing sets!

:Fashion Frenzy: said...

The pics are amazing!

Dana (pron. like Donna) said...

never even heard of it but
WOW
I want that bedroom so baaaad
I have a feeling that even if I try to recreate it EXACTLY piece for piece mine will look bad

Songy said...

fabulous ensemble of actors. I can only imagine that it would have been complete joy to watch what a visual feast! I can't wait to watch it now.
Thank you so much for a thorough post with wonderful images.

<3

xxxx gros bisous songy

Paris said...

I love films that take London back in time, and anything involving fashion of course, i'll add this onto my films to see list with it's strong art deco notes, it's sure to be a great inspiration!xx

we wear things said...

wow.. how did i miss the release of this film... not that i watch movies very often.. i absolutely love the fashion in the 20/30s and Lee Pace is adorable.. and went to my rival high school down the street :)

-issa

♥ fashion chalet said...

I love the Vanity as much as the bedroom, itself <3

Fashion_Girl22 said...

So chic! Great pictures. I love the clasic elegance of the 1930s, and you seeemed to capture everything about it in this post.

Thanks for the wonderful comments on my blog! I added yours to my "Must See Blogs" list!

Tina :) said...

What a fantastic post! I must go see that movie now...
I love all of the hairstyles, so sleek, sophisticated, and feminine.

Always In Style said...

I love the classic elegance of that time period - this looks like a must see!

Siljesfashion said...

What a wonderful post. Love the 30s bedroom and vanity so decadent and rich. The costumes are beautiful and I love the brooches as details. I bet you would fit right into this look, my dear!

fash said...

can't wait! i love frances mcdormand. i can never think of shirley henderson now without immediately thinking of harry potter, which is a bit of a shame.

Kira Fashion said...

pure luxury and style! fantastic!!!

a kiss!!!

~Jay~ said...

seems like a wonderful flick~

Terren said...

such a luxurious bedroom. can't wait for this movie!

design for mankind. said...

What a GORGEOUS SET. :) Wowza!

Seraphine said...

i saw the movie at the theatre. it's a good story, and like you say, the costumes and sets are beautiful.
it's also a nice reminder that life can happen anywhere, at any time, if you are open to it. merely existing isn't good enough.
Sometimes you have to take chances.

♥ fashion chalet said...

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(R)evolver74 said...

Gorgeous!!!! Love the fashion!!!

the.luxe.interim said...

I've actually heard quite a lot of good stuff about this movie, but I have yet to actually check it out. The screenshots are amazing, hun! It totally makes me want to live in that time era right now! Gorgeous outfits and the set looks absolutely stunning! I definitely have to check this out for myself...

Cammila said...

Oh my, this movie came out in the States a few months ago and I went and saw it with my dad (such a fun movie to bond over!) and you're making me fall in love with the art direction all over again! Those gorgeous drapey shapes are so dreamy and wonderful!

lucy said...

i love how you describe fate and destiny- by chance and depending on your character.

The movie sounds wonderful!

editor said...

this was a very fun walk-through.
you would look right at home at that vanity!

WendyB said...

That one hat is so amazing.

getting-freaky said...

thanks for your lovely comment!
x

**Queen B** said...

woww gorgeuous sets!
hey hun,
thanks for the sweetest comment it certainly made my day..you have the sweetest personality ever...i know i haven't been my blogging self lately..but its just a phase..its like that with me....i go through my highs and lows..never in between..lol && trust me i been eating too much ice cream..lol..

kisses!!

<333

angelgrotton said...

The movie seems to be not only interesting but very stylish as well )))

Thanks for sharing.

Hugs from Angel.

carrie / wishwishwish said...

these photos have inspired me to watch that film! thanks for sharing!
x

Sam said...

I really want to see that movie, it looks so good! and I love the fashions.

autumn said...

sounds like a superb film. splendid setting. and beautiful cast. =]

jess said...

It looks like a great movie. I wanted to see it when it was in theatres here in the states but I never got around to it

ivoreece said...

So pretty characters and images as well!

p said...

oh, the 1920s and 1930s were such fantastic eras. i watch black and white films all the time for their spirit, for their style, and simply to immerse myself within that era.

Sunniva said...

wow I definitely have to see this movie, it seems fantastic! I love fashion and style, so I bet I'll really like it! Thanks for this great post.

I was wondering if you have an e-mail address that I can reach you on? I've got something I'd like to send to you :)

xxxxx

LML said...

i have been wanting to see that movie!

Jill said...

I want to watch this movie so badly now! Thanks for the heads up.

yiqin; said...

I love how women carried themselves in the past! Such elegance.

Vain and Vapid said...

Wow, I will definitely check that movie out, the set design, costumes, everything looks amazing...

Aretha said...

Love how this movie looks! I have to see it now, specially for that marvelous living room that I have to copy hehehe
A big kiss and thanks for sharing this images

Secretista said...

I've got to watch this!

Golden Calf said...

That movie is in my top 5 "fashion inspiration" movies. Amy Adams is so adorable!

Paris Tarts said...

Your last three posts have been breath taking!!! I seriously dont know what to say besides your beautiful and your style is smashing!

Tart

Luna said...

looks amazing

Amie said...

I´m sure I will LOVE it. Looks just right for me..:) Amazing costumes! I will check it out!

hannah said...

looks good!

Carolina Lange said...

Sounds like an amazing movie! I have to watch it!

miss cavendish said...

Looks delightful! I'll be sure to find it on DVD when it arrives.

Catherine Ashley Talks fashion said...

i cant wait to watch it!!! and i cant believe that i have never even heard of this film!

thanks for the pics.....

take care, lucy

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

I've been waiting to see that film ever since I saw the trailer but now I've been so busy I haven't had the teim to go to the movies. Must see it soon though!

Nicole said...

The 1930s were indeed an elegant time, and from the looks of it this film captured the fashions perfectly!

pretty face said...

Exciting! I cant wait for Burn After Reading which has McDormand either. Or Brideshead Revisited for the fashion!!!!

How did you get such good quality screenshots?

Super Kawaii Mama said...

I can't believe it isn't out there yet? It came out in Australia months and months ago! How odd, we are usually last on the list. But yes, it is indeed an amazing piece for costuming and sets. I will be buying the DVD just to indulge over and over again. I'm also in the process of transforming my bedroom into something along these lines. *sigh* How delicious!

Vi said...

I wathced this movie right when it came out and I swear I was the youngest one in the theater, the only teenager, but gosh, it was such a beautiful movie that I really could care less. I loved every bit of it.

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