‘The Favourite’ running first in the fashion frilly stakes

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‘The Favourite’ running first in the fashion frilly stakes

Inspired by the 18th century, designers are taking their cue from the latest hotly anticipated period drama

Chloe MacDonnell


Anyone familiar with the Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’s previous works – The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer – will know about his penchant for dark comedy and creating surreal cinematic moments. So it is hardly surprising that his latest project, The Favourite (opening in cinemas tomorrow), is not your run-of-the-mill period drama.
Telling the story of the dysfunctional relationship between Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) and Sarah’s cousin Abigail Hall (Emma Stone), the film has been nominated for 12 Baftas and has been tipped for success at the Oscars too. But it is not just the acting and script that stand out. The costumes, created by the legendary Sandy Powell (Shakespeare in Love, The Aviator, Carol, Gangs of New York) are a major talking point.
While set in the 18th century, the era is rarely referenced in the film, meaning Powell was able to be a lot more playful with the wardrobe compared to most period dramas. Creating bespoke costumes based on authentic silhouettes from the time, Powell cleverly employed a string of modern materials including canvas and laser-cut lace with a beautifully vintage look.
Upon close inspection, many of the film’s standout looks brought to mind trends from the spring/summer 2019 catwalks. From ruffles to crowns, here are seven moments from the film that are surprisingly on trend for next season: Haughty headgear
We have had scrunchies, slides, bows and hairbands, but for spring/summer 2019 the headgear obsession revs up a gear with Gucci making the case for diamante-encrusted mini crowns to be accepted as day wear. Royal title not required. Dramatic sleeves and sweetheart necklines
From balloon to flounced, sleeves for the coming season are definitely dramatic. Emma Stone’s character Abigail Masham’s funnel-shaped pagoda sleeves feel particularly right for now. And then there is that flattering sweetheart neckline. All the more reason to add this Alexander McQueen look to your fantasy shopping list. Over-the-knee boots
A little bit slouchy, a little bit nonchalant, over-the-knee boots in summer pack a punch. Lady Sarah, played by Rachel Weisz, is your poster woman for the look – hers could have come straight off the Proenza Schouler runway. Stripes
Good news if you can’t stop wearing a Breton top. Solid stripes are practically a neutral for next season, looking excellent paired with other patterns and textures as both Olivia Colman as Queen Anne and Balmain expertly demonstrate. Ruffles
Ruffles galore in taffeta and chiffon dominated the spring/summer 2019 collection. Cascades of frills – if Queen Anne can ... Luxe lace
Whether laser cut or delicately embroidered, there are a myriad of lace techniques for spring/summer. And while Lady Sarah’s robe may look like an antique sample, it is actually made from laser-cut vinyl. Full skirts
With dance at the heart of the Dior spring/summer 2019 collection, there were full ballerina-esque skirts aplenty. Worn with a matching blazer, nipped in at the waist, it is a 2018 take on Queen Anne and Lady Sarah’s signature looks.
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• The Favourite starts in cinemas on Friday. It is up for 10 Oscars, including best picture, best costume design, best actress and two best supporting actress nominations.

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