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One Thing You Won't Find in Whit Stillman's Damsels In Distress? The Color Black

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The Damsels, via Sony Classic Pictures
The Damsels, via Sony Classic Pictures

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After a nearly fourteen-year hiatus, film maker Walt Stillman seems like he's getting back to his preptastic roots—at least where his latest movie's costumes are concerned. For his new movie, Damsels In Distress, he's lost all things black and sparkly from his Last Days of Disco (1998) era and returned to the kind of legendary conservative styling of his first film, Metropolitan (1990).

Stillman is known for his highly sartorial directorial perspective, and in an interview this week with costume designer Krista Blomberg, she confirmed for us that Damsels' aesthetic is pure Stillman. "'Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelley, I need nipped in waists, I need full skirts,'" he told Blomberg. And most importantly, he stressed, "I don't want any black."
· Damsels In Distress Official Website [Sony Picture Classics]
· All Fashion On Film Coverage [Racked]