Keira Knightley’s best performance takes shape in her role as the Duchess. The Duchess was released in 2008, but is an underrated film. The film follows the life of Georgiana Cavendish, the Duchess of Devonshire; who is an ancestor of Princess Diana. The life of the Duchess is eerily similar to that of Princess Diana. They were both fashion icons of their time and admired by the masses. They were renowned for their beauty and elegance. And both suffered loveless marriages.
The Duchess is, in my opinion, the most visually astounding period drama. Michael O’Connor, the costume designer, won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design. If you are interested in costume design you will love this movie. Not only are the costumes amazing, but the storyline is compelling and will keep your interest. The costumes capture the essence of the Duchess’s personality. Her unfailing courage to push fashion into a new era. View this fan-made trailer to catch a glimpse of the costumes.
Here are some more examples of all the beautiful clothing:
Viewing period pieces always makes me consider our current fashion trends. It is becoming increasingly common to dress very casually. In a way, people seem to have forgotten the importance and impact of fashion. The Italian saying “Fare Bella Figura” essentially means to make a good impression. Our clothing is the very first impression people have of us. It is nice that we no longer have the social pressures and demands of dressing properly, such as in the Duchess, but should we aim to dress better?
I am not saying that we should all adhere to the trends seen in fashion magazines and on celebrities. But that we should embrace our own style and be daring in our everyday dress. As you get ready ponder the question, “What does this say about me?” I encourage you all to implement your own creativity, opinions, and beliefs into your everyday fashion. And to feel confident in your choices.
What are your opinions on the current state of casual dress? Do you feel we have lost sight of fashion? Or are we living in a time of fashion freedom?