“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”
August 14, 2015
In the film remake of the ‘60s television series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” Cold War spies are squaring off to save the world from destruction, but doing it while very nattily dressed.
Costume Designer Joanna Johnston created the looks for the period piece, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Henry Cavill as CIA agent Napoleon Solo, Armie Hammer as Russian Agent Illya, Alicia Vikander as Gaby and Elizabeth Debicki as Victoria, a fascist Italian socialite with plans to make a nuclear weapon.
Debicki’s Victoria is a picture of elegance and danger, framed by strong lines and polished to evoke an icy Hitchcock blond. Costume Designer Joanna Johnston embraced Debicki’s fashion-model physique to costume the nearly 6-foot-3 former dancer in silhouettes that drape and flow.
“She is beautiful to dress because she can carry clothes quite well,” said Johnston. “We decided to do things that were quiet languid in a way.” Palazzo pants, flowing tops and the occasional voluminous gown are anchored by classic shoes from Roger Vivier. She’s regal and intriguing with her evil-villainess finishing touch–bejeweled fingers. “She wears no less than eight rings at a time,” Johnston said.
Her black, white, cream and navy palette are accented by bold pairings of jewelry–sparkly heavy collars and cuffs, long gold chains and chunky earrings.
“I wanted to keep her relatively monochromatic, and use a lot of asymmetry,” Johnston said. Thus a dress is color-blocked in a mod pairing of black and white and a black wool coat is edged in white and cut to feel more like a cape.
“Guy gave me very free range. He wanted the whole film to be good looking, cool and sexy. And it didn’t have to be academically in the ‘60s,” she said. “It’s a stylized look.”
“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” is now in theaters.