The most famous yellow dresses in the history of cinema

1/14 “Beauty and the Beast” (2017), dir. Bill Condon

Since the creation of the Disney adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” in 1991, successive filmmakers have revived the characters of the 18th-century fairy tale about a girl who lives in a monster’s castle in order to save her father. Together with her, we meet again the enchanted residents of the palace. Among them: Mrs. The latter, despite the lowered hinges (and hoarseness), still conjures up phenomenal outfits, with the canary ball gown at the forefront. It is no different in the production from 2017, with Emma Watson in the lead role. The crinoline made of 300 meters of silk organza was designed by costume designer Jacqueline Durran, and a team of 10 tailors worked on it for 238 hours. The result is a meringue made of cascading frills with – as Mrs. Komoda used to say – “a bit of magic” in the form of golden embroidery.

2/14 “The Ladies of Rochefort” (1967), dir. Jacques Demy

Alabaster-white houses, blue shutters, lilac-violet Cadillacs and greenish hydrants. This is, in a simplified way, the world of the twins Delphine (Catherine Deneuve) and Solange (Françoise Dorléac), who decide to find love one hot summer. They do not realize that their dream partners are right next door … We follow the emotional adventures of the sisters against the background of the picturesque alleys of the West Coast of France. Delphine is impossible to miss thanks to the lemon yellow dress and the matching hat.

3/14 How to Lose a Boyfriend in 10 Days (2003), dir. Donald Petrie

Composure journalist Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) has 10 days to prepare an incarnation about female behavior that effectively scares off men. He has a laptop, a competent pen, only no research material. Luck wants him to meet Benjamin Barry (Matthew McConaughey), an advertising agency employee who made a bet with his boss that any woman would fall in love with him within 10 days. Andie only makes things more difficult for herself when she puts on a lemon-brilliant necklace and a limoncello satin slip dress for the climax of the evening.

4/14 Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), dir. Shekhar Kapur

She never got married. She did not bear an heir. But could any ruler equal her? Elizabeth I ruled England for 44 years, dealing with conspirators and fighting victorious battles. Her fate in the two-part film “Elizabeth” (1997, 2007) was presented by director Shekar Kapur and costume designer Alexandra Byrne. Using color, they took viewers through seven decades of British history, starting the story with royal blue and purple to dress the monarch (Cate Blanchett) in gold at the height of its majesty. While the color palette and the “glow in the dark” concept as Byrne described it was inspired by Rembrandt’s painting, the dress itself drew on the works of Cristobal Balenciaga and Vivienne Westwood. This is how the creation of mustard taffeta decorated with velvet embroidery and crowned with a lace ruff was created.

5/14 Crimson Peak. The Hill of Blood “(2015), dir. Guillermo del Toro

The shade of old gold has also been reinterpreted by Kate Hawley, costume designer for Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska), a young American who falls in love with an impoverished baronet (Tom Hiddleston). When the heroine moves with him to the ruined mansion of Allerdale Hall, she discovers that her lover is not who he said he was. Mia Wasikowska wanders the nooks and crannies of the property, dressed in a honey taffeta bouquets inspired by Pre-Raphaelite art. Edwardian sleeves with a bell-shaped pattern, a velvet ribbon reaching the ground, and fabric-covered buttons. All this, as intended by director Guillermo del Toro, symbolizes Edith’s lost splendor.

6/14 “Daughter of d’Artagnan” (1994), dir. Bertrand Tavernier

When the daughter of the famous d’Artagnan (Sophie Marceau) witnesses a cruel murder, she goes to Paris to find her father. There, she gets involved in love and court intrigues, and comes across a plot to kill Louis XIV. But before she draws her sword, disguised as one of the musketeers, she fights in a spreading canary taffeta gown topped with a tea rose brooch.

7/14 “Emma” (2020), dir. Autumn de Wilde

If you were to wonder what high school princesses would look like in the realities of the 19th century, the answer will be in the movie “Emma” based on the novel by Jane Austen. The title Miss Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy) is a lovely, slightly spoiled queen and (not always infallible) matchmaker of the sleepy town of Highbury. Like others, she deals with the pain of growing up and the annoyances of love, but – as she says – her name consists of “three letters of the alphabet describing perfection.” To portray this walking ideal, costume designer Alexandra Byrne referred to the iconic yellow checked uniform from Sweet Worries. This is how the lemon-colored linen coat was created, which placed Emma in the center of attention. “She was like a radiant sun around which all the other heroes orbit,” Byrne explained.

8/14 “My boyfriend is getting married” (1997), dir. PJ Hogan

Childhood friends Michael O’Neal (Dermot Mulroney) and Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) promise each other that they’ll get married if they don’t find true love until the age of 28. Months before the deal finishes, Michael informs Julianne that he is getting married. She then realizes that she is in love with him and decides to prevent the wedding at all costs. However, she does not take into account that her competitor is the heiress of fortune (Cameron Diaz) in a phenomenal yellow dress.

9/14 “In another house” (2019), dir. James Kent

A secret romance behind the walls of a majestic mansion in the 1940s and the owner of a satin column dress played by Keira Knightley. Déjà vu? The creations from “Penance” and “In the Other’s House” would be indistinguishable if not for the colors. One by one in shades of emerald and lemon.

10/14 “At midnight in Paris” (2011), dir. Woody Allen

Almost every online guide recommends starting your Paris sightseeing tour with a cruise on the Seine, a day at the Louvre, and a climb up the Eiffel Tower. What if you could see the city 100 years earlier? Then the list should be extended by at least one evening spent in the Francis Scott Fitzgerald literary salon, at a party at Jean Cocteau’s and Ernest Hemingway’s limousine ride. The writer Gil Pender (Owen Wilson), accompanied by the mysterious Adriana (Marion Cotillard), Pablo Picasso’s muse and a resident of Paris in the 1920s, set out on such a journey through the past at the stroke of midnight. Thanks to her (or rather, her champagne-colored beaded dress), the sepia-covered world of the jazz era has acquired the colors of the rainbow.

11/14 “Lovers of the Moon. Moonrise Kingdom “(2012), dir. Wes Anderson

Dress with a Peter Pan collar and cuffs. Lace-up oxford shoes and knee-high socks. Suzy’s lemon costume (Kara Hayward) resembles the uniform of an exemplary schoolgirl, but the protagonist is far from perfect. When the girl befriends the scout Sam (Jared Gilman), she will run away from her family home to experience the greatest adventure in her life, somewhere in the wilderness of New England. From now on, the nostalgic color palette of the 1960s, oscillating between cool blues and warm yellows, will symbolize successively good and evil, in line with the children’s system of values.

12/14 “The Wives of Stepford” (2004), dir. Frank Oz

It’s 2004, but in the suburbs of New York City is the 1960’s oasis, Stepford. Nobody talks about equality there. Women iron, clean and exercise in high heels. They are weeding gardens, dressed in pastel garments. The spell is broken when it turns out that all the residents are blonde robots. Joanna (Nicole Kidman) discovers the truth about the Stepford dream during a gala ball, destroying Claire’s (Glenn Close) carefully knitted neurosurgery plan about creating an ideal microworld. The scientist observes the defeat of her project, wearing a wide crinoline made of amber taffeta and a lace bolero intertwined with silver thread.

13/14 “La La Land” (2016), dir. Damien Chazelle

While complimenting Mia’s (Emma Stone) wardrobe, costume designer Mary Zophres looked for inspiration in the film library of classics from Hollywood’s Golden Age. From “Funny Face” of Audrey Hepburn, she took the black pants. Mia’s emerald skirt was modeled after the one Judy Garland wore in A Star Is Born. In turn, the canary dress in which the heroine danced against the background of illuminated Los Angeles was a reinterpretation of the creation of Stone herself. In the lemon project with Atelier Versace, the actress appeared at the premiere of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” in 2014. – I showed the photo of the gala to the director and with his consent I started working immediately – Mary recalled in one of the interviews. The result was a waist dress painted in a floral pattern reminiscent of Matisse’s work.

14/14 “Dance with me” (2004), dir. Peter Chelsom

Crystal straps, an asymmetrical corset with cubic zirconia and a train trimmed with marabou feathers, all in a shade of sunny yellow. Such a stage dress for Paulina (Jennifer Lopez), a dance teacher who can infect even a skeletal lawyer (Richard Gere) with her passion, was invented by costume designer Sophie Carbonell.


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