Influencers: Jacqueline Durran Brings History to Life Through Costumes

IndieWire | 12/3/2019 | Staff
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At some point in the process of gathering costumes for Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women,” the filmmaker and her costume designer Jacqueline Durran fell in love with a hat. It wasn’t even a real hat; it was a little boy’s hat from a Winslow Homer painting the pair were studying as part of their inspiration-gathering process. Durran recreated it from scratch — period appropriate, of course — and handed it over to Saorise Ronan’s Jo March to wear during a pair of pivotal scenes. That’s the Oscar-winning costume designer in a nutshell.

“She has a way of costuming period pieces so that they look like clothes, not like costumes, which they think is a particular talent,” Gerwig told IndieWire of Durran. “It’s so good that it can go unnoticed, because you think it just exists.”

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A frequent collaborator of Mike Leigh and Joe Wright, Durran has long excelled at outfitting complex period-set films with costumes that are not only appropriate for the time but that look plucked from each character’s personal closet. It’s a knack that has carried her from such grounded films as “Darkest Hour” to more fantastical ones like the live-action “Beauty and the Beast.”

And yet her choices are always spot-on, rooted in a deep appreciation for the many pieces of her craft (and the many other talents who assist in her work, from seamstresses to historical archives and everything in...
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