Awards – The Costumes of 2018 That Made Us Say ‘Hot Damn’

There are many techniques you can use to help build your world, or ground your setting, or give dimensions to your characters. You can use music, you can create elaborate sets, but one of the best ways is the costumes you create.

People make instant judgments about a character within moments on the screen and the outfits are a really important part of that first impression. More than this, you can also use costumes as a way for storytelling, what do they say about this world, what do they say about how a character is progressing.  

Costumes can build worlds, tell us details we can only see, but also they can just make us say ‘hot damn’ look at that beading on that dress, that must have taken hours to do. So without further ado, these are the costumes that made us say ‘hot damn’ in 2018. Be warned that there may be some slight spoilers ahead for the films in question.     

Crazy Rich Asians

 Crazy Rich Asians. Image Credit: Warner Brothers.

When you have a film called Crazy Rich Asian, you kind of go into it expecting some ridiculous outfits, with the whole rich part of the title, but nothing quite prepares you for it. Whether it is the grace of Michelle Yeoh’s Eleanor, the elegance of Gemma Chan’s Astrid, or the quirkiness of Awkwafina’s Peik Lin. It is a joy to watch, but people’s clothes are also used to delineate worlds, and who gets to be in them, an important part of the film.          

Directed by – Jon M. Chu
Costumes by – Mary E. Vogt
Full Review Here

Ladies in Black

Ladies in Black. Image Credit: Sony

When you set your film in an up-market department store in the 1950s, there is a certain level of style that you expect to see. But Ladies in Black outstrips anything you could expect to see. Every outfit is created with care, and you see the development of Angourie Rice’s Lisa as she becomes more confident with herself and Julia Ormond’s Magda looks radiant even when suffering a hangover.      

Directed by – Bruce Beresford
Costumes by
– Wendy Cork
Full Review Here

Phantom Thread

phantom thread

This is one of those films that you would expect to be on this list from the title alone. There are so many simply stunning outfits that you could not fit them into a top ten list. There is a level of detail to every outfit, down to the stitching. It is also a core part of the narrative as Daniel Day-Lewis’s Reynolds is a world-renowned tailor who everyone wants to be dressed by.      
Directed by – Paul Thomas Anderson
Costumes by
– Mark Bridges         
Full Review Here

The Favourite

The Favourite. Image Credit: Fox Searchlight

The Favourite is a film all about the wielding of power, and there is no better example of this than what clothes you wear, as long as you don’t end up looking like a badger. Every outfit, and I mean every outfit, is telling a story of who is wearing it, much to the delight of everyone watching.   

Directed by – Yorgos Lanthimos
Costumes by
– Sandy Powell
Full Review Here

And the Winner is!!!!! – The Favourite

There were a lot of beautiful outfits, dresses, suits, costumes, made for film in 2018, but none of them quite integrated them into their story as well as The Favourite did. They are displays of wealth or poverty, your station, or your servitude. They are extravagant befitting royalty, but also absurd. Also to be perfectly honest, it would win for just how they dressed Rachel Weisz alone. It was exquisite work and a joy to watch.          

By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.

What are your favourite cinematic moments from 2018?, let us know what you thought in the comments below, feel free to share this review on any of the social medias and you can follow us Here. Check out all our past reviews and articles Here, and have a happy day.

Credits – All images used were created by the respective studio and artist of each film

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