Fashion of My Fair Lady

The 1964 film starring Audrey Hepburn is considered a classic and the costumes are certainly eye-catching! Cecil Beaton was awarded an Oscar for Best Costume Design. Here are some images of fashion from a film when fashion was done with style!

On left, is part of a picspam that I love that was created on livejournal by "fairchilds" as part of her list of Top 8 Period Films. Visit livejournal to see it in closer detail as well as other films chosen for her list!

And below... some frocks (and hats, can't forget the hats!) that I like to fawn over :)

The Conspirator (2010)

Robert Redford is directing this film
about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Synopsis from (IMDb):
In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, Vice-President, and Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt, 42, owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks. Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken, a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. Aiken realizes his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait and hostage in order to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt: her own son.

Robin Wright (Mary Surratt)
James McAvoy (Frederick Aiken, man assigned to defend Surratt)
Alexis Bledel ( Aiken’s wife, Sarah Weston)
Evan Rachel Wood (Surrat's daughter, Anna)
Tom Wilkinson (Reverdy Johnson, U.S. senator is the mentor to the young lawyer)
Justin Long (Aiken's best friend)
Toby Kebbell (John Wilkes Booth)
Kevin Kline (Lincoln’s War Secretary Edwin Stanton)

>Movie trailer
> Official trailer, promo pics (added Feb 16)
>Read more at American Film Company
>Read more at Toronto Film Fest
>Videos and interviews

James McAvoy & Redford on set
(photo: Sweet Ada Brown)

Robin Wright seen on set

(photos: Dizzy Girl )

Day One of shooting on the set of The Conspirator

Clip with James McAvoy and Alexis Bledel

My Fair Lady (2012)

Update (March 26/2010)
Emma Thompson, who's writing the screenplay for this updated version of 'My Fair Lady' has said that Carey Mulligan is 'set to play' the role of Eliza Doolittle. Thompson also indicated that she'd love to see Hugh Grant take on the role of Henry Higgins but no word on whether Hugh is interested in doing so...
>>read more about Mulligan being cast

>great article with more details about film

Update (Nov.01/09): Keira is no longer attached to the project, instead Carey Mulligan, Gemma Arterton and Emily Blunt are names that have been mentioned as possibilities. IMDb even has Mulligan listed as 'rumored' to play Ms. Doolittle but I wonder if there's any insider information or if it's just speculation at this point.

Update (Sept.12/10): Wright is not directing and that it will instead by directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, Mrs. Brown, Captain Corelli's Mandolin).

"Elizabeth Swann", "Elizabeth Bennett" and now "Eliza Doolittle" will be taken on by Keira Knightley. (Wonder if she'll ever take on the role of Queen Elizabeth?) We already heard that Knightley was rumoured to take on the lead role in "My Fair Lady" and it now appears to be more official. Daniel Craig's name has been mentioned for Higgins...(Joe Wright who directed Kiera in P&P was mentioned as director but he has stated that he's not part of this production)

It seems that this proposed film is stirring a lot of opinions since many feel that you can't remake a classic like this. Others are quick to offer suggestions for who they'd like to see fill the shoes of Higgins and Eliza. Although it appears that Keira has been cast, some have suggested Claire Danes would be a worthy candidate having performed on Broadway in Pygmalion.

Someone on IMDb suggested Mr.Darcy take on the role of Higgins. My first reaction was "not a bad idea"...wouldn't it be ironic to have Colin Firth play opposite Keira?? Bring together the 1995 Darcy with the 2005 Elizabeth? However, the Darcy alluded to was in fact Matthew Macfadyen, an idea that I personally think would be too weird.

The big question seems to be who will take on the role of Henry Higgins?
Daniel Day-Lewis was mentioned earlier but his name seems to have been replaced with Daniel Craig until we hear differently. If they haven't yet cast Craig, suggestions have been made for:

Hugh Laurie
Jeremy Northam
David Tennant
Pierce Brosnan
Bill Nighy
Matthew Macfadyen
Colin Firth
Gerard Butler
Hugh Jackman

What will make this movie remake different? Since Cameron Mackintosh is on board, how different is the musical from the 1964 film? (Official site for My Fair Lady the Musical)

Read Emma Boswood's post in "The Telegraph" ...
Unfortunately coming soon: 'My Fair Lady' starring Keira Knightley… and Zac Efron?


Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle in 1964 film


"Steampunk is a sub-genre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date."

Some movies considered part of the genre:
Time After Time,
Wild Wild West,
Lemony Snicket,
Treasure Planet,
Tin Man,
Golden Compass,
The Prestige,
Sleepy Hollow,
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,
Sherlock Holmes (not all adaptations),
Les Aventures Extraordinaires d’Adele Blanc-Sec ,
The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne,
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,
and the short film "9"

-> Great list of steampunk films
-> STEAMPUNKOPEDIA2 guide to a cool 19th century

I like these definitions of steampunk:

Everything Jules Verne could have written.
Everything H.G. Wells should have written.
Everything A. Conan Doyle thought of but never published because it was too fantastic.
~ Frank Chadwick, 1988

How the past would have been different if the future had happened sooner.
~ Douglas Fetherling

MTV mentions movies that are examples of steampunk

Carey Mulligan's dress for the Oscars
had steampunk elements

Pirate steampunk outfit by
Dragonfly Designs

Love this hat
by Dragonfly Designs

'Mrs. Timeflies' hat
by Sassygeek

Steampunk watch
found on Etsy

Steampunk wedding cake topper

Steampunk ring

Dress up online doll by Annie Stegg
(Steampunk or Pirate designs)
Found link from Alisa at Dragonfly Designs!

Steamnocchio by Fabricio Moraes

"Steampunk pilot" on Polyvore

Shoes designed by Alexander McQueen

Finally...a Steampunk computer, why not?
(These parts were found separately, the case on the right is made to house a pc hard drive)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

This 1968 film stars Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes.

In the early 20th century England, eccentric Caractacus Potts works as an inventor, a job which barely supports himself, his equally eccentric father, and his two adolescent children, Jeremy and Jemima. But they're all happy. When the children beg their father to buy for them their favorite plaything - a broken down jalopy of a car sitting at a local junk yard - Caractacus does whatever he can to make some money to buy it. One scheme to raise money involves the unexpected assistance of a pretty and wealthy young woman they have just met named Truly Scrumptious, the daughter of a candy factory owner. But Caractacus eventually comes into another one time only windfall of money, enough to buy the car. Using his inventing skills, Caractacus transforms the piece of junk into a beautiful working machine, which they name Chitty Chitty Bang Bang because of the noise the engine makes. At a seaside picnic with his children and Truly, Caractacus spins a fanciful tale of an eccentric inventor, his pretty girlfriend (who is the daughter of a candy factory owner), his two children, and a magical car named Chitty all in the faraway land of Vulgaria. The ruthless Baron Bomburst, the ruler of Vulgaria, will do whatever he can to get his hands on the magical car. But because of Baroness Bomburst's disdain for them, what are outlawed in Vulgaria are children, including the unsuspecting children of a foreign inventor of a magical car. (IMDb)

>>Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - The Stage Musical
>>plans for a remake mentioned last year but on hold

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