Kerry Pieri talks about the aesthetic in Disco, how one of its costume designers also worked on Lolita, and how the early eighties were a great time for fashion.
The very early ’80s is very different than the rest of the 1980s, more minimal, streamlined and, in short, ’70s. But there is a decidedly preppy vibe that is imbued in the daytime looks of Alice (Sevigny) and Charlotte (Beckinsale)—think khaki A-line midi skirts, striped tops, blue blazers, chambray shirt dresses and oxford button-downs.
I guess it’s a good sign if people are coming up with ideas for articles based around a new movie, that aren’t simply reviews and interviews.
Slate’s “culture blog” Browbeat has a post all about dancing in Stillman’s movies, starting with a quote from Chris Eigeman at a recent event:
Eigeman persisted. “I do think that dancing, for you,” he told Stillman, “is sort of perfect in a way, because on the one front, it’s this very codified way of genders intermixing. It’s both intimate but very, very public.”
“The other thing,” Eigeman added a moment later, “is that you look incredibly silly when you do it.”
No Stillman movie has demonstrated Eigeman’s observations more clearly than Damsels in Distress, which features drunken frat-party dancing, line dancing, tap dancing, Broadway-style dancing, and a brand new, Stillman-invented “international dance craze” known as the Sambola! (The exclamation point is part of the name. So is “international dance craze.”) But throughout his 22-year, four-film cinematic career, Stillman has repeatedly turned to dancing for its potential as a narrative allegory, as a plot device, and as a remnant of the old social order he seems to long for. And also, yes, to underscore his characters’ lovable eccentricities.
Meanwhile, Dhani Mau at the Fashionista blog has a post about the fashion of the women in Stillman’s films:
The reason why Stillman’s girls are so appealing isn’t because they’re wearing on-trend designer labels or overstyled and fashion-y, but because their looks are grounded in the reality of how girls actually want to look. At the same time there’s an easy elegance to it that is hard for us regular people to achieve.
They also have a slideshow of ten stills from Stillman’s movies and brief suggestions for how to match the looks of Chloë Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale, Greta Gerwig, et al (although it is somewhat overwhelmed by an animated ad for Avengers Assemble…).