As I promised, here is the interview with Catherine Martin, person in charge of the costumes for the film Australia, which received to Jezebel with a black dress and Black Suede boots, very stylish, to tell us more details about the spectacular costumes for the film. Before the interview was telling me that she loves shoes and that he came to Spain looking for the Spanish shop Pedro Garcia to acquire a few “pedros”, one of their favorite along with Manolo Blahnick designers. It also tends to buy Spanish shoes via the internet. And he also explained that he had been at Zara, where he found very stylish clothes and at great prices. And I must add that the interview had a limited time, by what I could not ask everything you would have liked.
2000 outfits are many clothes… do story time used you since the beginning of the project?
It all started four years ago in Paris when Baz and I were living six months there. The research work is impressive. Collect data, photos, historical documents, look for dresses that they had been at the time, particularly in the 1930s, is the time in which the film is set and the social class of Kidman (Sarah in the film). Moreover, you choose someone Aristocrat to see the costume changes throughout a day of a person of that class. This is a wide research and as you’re approaching filming already you’re joining this previous work, so I can tell you that 18 months before that start the shooting. What is interesting about the approach of Baz on the wardrobe, is that it is concentrated in the texture of the costumes of the characters in the background and wardrobe of Nicole and Hugh. You are not satisfied with generic extras. Each role of every scene needs a specific appearance.
I would like to tell me the process of the design of the costume. what was inspired to create the costumes?
One of the pleasures of having Nicole as body to wear the costume is that it could show a very wide wardrobe, with many changes, and this is one of the attractions of Australia. For example, sex in New York is one of the series whose clothing is one of the attractions, pue here passes iual. But Buz had also put a challenge: use the clothes as an example of transformation of the character throughout the film. It wears trousers, something very avant-garde, in accordance with the spirit of progressive women of the 1930s such as Katherine Hepburn and Carole Lombard.
I started to investigate models of Chanel, Balenciaga, Hermes that he designed many sportswear of the time and also the people who wore it. I noticed much in women belonging to upper class of the era such as the Duchess of Windsor and Coco Chanel.
At that moment, all I had to do with the sport, had a special role because the women of the 1930s was a woman athlete, athletic, slim, vital, characteristics that you are optimized for Nicole, hence the design forward to translate it as seen on the tape.
And the male wardrobe?
To inspire me to create designs of costumes the Arriero and 200 pawns of the film, I studied the files of R.M. Williams, a company founded in 1932 and which is known to produce traditional clothing for the Australian Bush. Having determined what style of clothing was appropriate for each character pawn, I ordered that the costumes for the film Department cut patterns and modify them before delivering them to the workshops of R.M. Williams, where they manufactured most of the clothes and boots of farmers.
And in terms of indigenous costumes, each character has a wardrobe that has been intensely studied through interviews, photographic research and expert advice; in particular, photos of Donald Thompson and Baldwin Spencer who documented the lives of the indigenous people of the upper end in the 1930s. Also helped us much body ornaments, indigenous expert, Dr. Louise Hamby
Why handpicked as shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo?
Ferragamo is synonymous with fame and fashion of the 1930s, and revolution of certain design and manufacturing techniques. The world of shoes has always fascinated me and Ferragamo is a name that cannot be avoided. If you start to dive in the signature, it is immense, since the first world war began its relationship with Hollywood, then he moved to Florence, and then returned, but has always been in contact with the people from the world of cinema and also royalty.
What I like about this company is that I arrive and say that I need this shoe from 70 years ago to the foot of Nicole Kidman, and they quickly measure it and make it you accurate, understanding perfectamnte heels far: walking heel low, medium to be foot or high for a dance.
As for the jewelry because it chose to Paspaley, firm specializing in pearls, and the Australian jewelry designer Stefano Canturi (already participated in Moulin Rouge).
Estefano because it is my intimate friend and I confidently tell you “I don’t know how it will end, but this is my idea of look: this pants, this shirt, this jacket” and immediately begins to remove boxes of diamonds, precious stones with various ornaments… And also, studied with me the film and the time, since in it you can see Australian Pink diamonds, Australian black sapphires… is a major contributor and provides, not only limited to do their job.
Paspaley is the cultivated best pearls of the world, why I chose him. What the Japanese do they do it for years: cultivate and infiltrate one by one. Earrings which leads Nicole in the film are based on ones who wore a Duchess of the time. Pearl Earrings teardrop shaped expressly elaborated by Paspaley, a PIN of diamonds, engagement and wedding rings, and earrings of diamonds and coral are the main Ribbon jewelry.
I have to say that the designer has seemed a simple, nice woman and it shows that he likes his work. And I bear witness that makes it very well.
I hope that the sketches that has given us Fox, which are the work of Martin, before production like.
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