Friday, August 20, 2010
Friday Night Fashion and a Movie: Amelia
I have always loved the story of Amelia Earhart. She was such a strange woman in her appearance, her passions (for a woman in her era) and in her mysterious disappearance.
When I saw previews for Amelia, I was SO excited!! A period film with great costumes, amazing actors, an intriguing story about one of history's most amazing ladies. And before I had a chance to whisk Pj off to the movies, the world was hit with terrible reviews of the movie. It was a flop.
Pj rented it for me a few days ago, so I built a tent in the living room with dining room chairs and a table cloth, got some gold fish crackers and juice out so that Olivia would be occupied so I could sit down and watch Amelia.
On a side note: I think they found Amelia Earhart's body, took her DNA, cloned her and ended up with Hilary Swank! I swear, they look so much alike, it's unreal.
Amelia tells the story of Amelia Earhart, the world famous aviatrix. She was the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean, the first woman to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, founder of "The Ninety Nines" organization for female pilots and a pioneer for Woman's Rights. She was also the first person to ever fly alone from Oakland, California to Honolulu, Hawaii. During her 1937 second attempt to fly completely around the globe, she disappeared and has never been found.
The movie told her story beautifully! It was a visual masterpiece and very accurate but sadly, lacked in emotion. Amelia Earhart was a very passionate and fascinating woman and the movie failed to portray her as such. It was difficult to relate to her as a person and see her inner struggles, thoughts, worries, etc. At any rate, it wasn't a bad movie- At least, I didn't think so! I just wish they would have developed her emotional character better. The sets, scenery, costumes and everything was perfection! This is an amazing movie for anyone interested in the fashion of the 1920's and 1930's!
The beautiful costumes were designed by Kasia Walicka-Maimone, newbie to the world of film costume design.
Aside from being quite the pioneer in her time, Amelia Earhart has turned into a fashion icon. Seriously, how cool is she!? Can you believe a gal like this lived in the 1920's?