I don’t expect much from period productions these days. But my goodness, get a load of these two.
At left, a publicity still from the TV miniseries with Holliday Grainger and Emile Hirsch, costume design by Marilyn Vance, who worked on the period movie “The Rocketeer.” At right, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, costume design by Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.
Let’s start with Hirsch.
Oh dear oh dear oh dear.
OK, pay attention. Hirsch’s hat is all wrong. It’s not even right vintage (it looks like a 1950s style) and it’s just been jammed on his head. And Hirsch’s hair is too long. Also notice Barrow’s crisp shirt collar and neatly knotted tie. Barrow, for all his faults, was at least paying attention to fashion. Hirsch looks like he’s playing “dress up in old clothes.”
First of all, Barrow isn’t wearing a vest. Also notice that the general cut of his jacket is tighter, which is especially prominent in the sleeves. The jacket cuffs also fall just slightly higher on his wrists. What stands out to me the most is that the shoulders on Barrow’s jacket have a much nicer, smoother, more tailored shape. Poor old Hirsch looks like he’s wearing a jacket that’s too big and a bit lumpy, as if someone grabbed it off the rack because it “looked period.”
Barrow’s pants have a roomy cut, but they are sharply creased and the cuffs actually fall a bit father down over the shoes. Hirsch’s pants are just baggy and unpressed. And what kind of shoes is Hirsch wearing?
All right, dearie, your turn.
Wow. Well, to the production’s credit, it looks as if they tried to re-create Parker’s outfit. Sort of.
Notice, first of all that Parker is showing a lot less leg because her skirt falls to the ankles.
Grainger, however, is showing a lot more leg.
She’s also a bit heftier.
Parker is actually a bit skinny while Grainger is carrying much more of a derriere.
Well, the production tried to re-create Parker’s outfit. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it almost looks like Parker is wearing a short-sleeve jacket over a sweater. The hats aren’t even close.
In all, Grainger has been given a much more elegant interpretation of a pretty hardscrabble Depression-era outfit.
Oh yes, the shotguns.
Any guesses as to what Grainger is carrying?