The latest Quentin Tarantino movie opened this weekend, making an estimated 40.4 million dollars; the highest-grossing Tarantino opening weekend ever. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” takes us to the final moments of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a faded TV star, and Brad Pitt, his stunt double, whose uniform during most of the film is tight jeans, a yellow Hawaiian-print shirt over a Champion T-shirt and aviator sunglasses.
Some of the most memorable characters of Tarantino’s movies wear Hawaiian shirts, as Clarence Worley in “True Romance”. The tropical-print shirt is back thanks to the gorgeous stuntman Cliff Booth in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”.
The costume designer of the movie, Arianna Phillips, says that “great costumes illustrate characters and (…) have the power to transport the audience to a time and place without saying anything.” Phillips does precisely that; she transports us straight back to 1969, the year of the moon landing, the release of “Easy Rider” and “The Brady Bunch”, Woodstock and the hippies, the assassination of Sharon Stone and war.
When the costume designer read the script, she says she immediately knew who the characters were. She prepared a box for her interview with Tarantino with photos and collages of her visual impression of the text, and a mix CD of songs that played in L.A. in the late ‘60s. Phillips also put a vintage Hawaiian shirt in the director’s size in the box. She got the job 😉
According to Phillips, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” isn’t a film about fashion. She says the costumes came from the characters whereas “fashion is a reflection of the culture; it’s a reflection of what’s happening at a specific time.” Well, maybe it isn’t about fashion, but thanks to the movie, the Hawaiian shirt is a fashion staple that is definitely cool again. Although I must say, we told you before here!
So get your tropical-print shirt, prepare the popcorn and enjoy the latest Tarantino movie! By the way, this is the ninth film of Tarantino, who once said he would only make ten movies and then retire, will he?
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