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What happens when a major Italian designer partners with a costume designer for a feature length film? The result is sartorial movie magic like American Gigolo, Gattaca, The Social Network and Ocean's Thirteen.
Giorgio Armani is back at it again. Yep, Mr. Armani helped clothe some of the characters in all of those films. However, being the savvy reader that you are, you probably already knew about his American Gigolo connection. In the latest Terrence Malick flick, The Tree of Life, Armani worked with costume designer Jacqueline West to dress Sean Penn's character. You might remember West from her Oscar nod for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Jacqueline West says in the release,
"I've found Mr. Armani to be one of the most dedicated and inspirational designers I could ever hope to work with on a film. In The Tree of Life, the grey suit we first see adult Jack wearing is beautifully architectural. The suit represents the grey, ultra modern cityscape of present day Houston, the starkness and the bleakness that imprisons him, the grey glass and steel of his home and life. The black suit that Sean wears, for me, represents the clash of the present with the ancient prehistoric landscapes of nature. The lines of that perfectly crafted suit delineate modern man confronting mankind's beginnings. For me, nothing could have helped tell the tale of adult Jack better than these brilliantly constructed suits."