That Marvelous Costume: ‘Phantom Thread’

Hello everyone, it’s Monday morning and with a brand new site design and a sense of vigor after a much-needed break last week, I’m here to share a new segment I will be posting every week: That Marvelous Costume.

It focuses on highlighting my favorite movie costumes from various films and today, for my first segment of this series, I’m focusing on one of the underrated Oscar-nominated films of 2017, Phantom Thread. Enjoy!


Phantom Thread‘s only Oscar win wouldn’t go to two-time Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis or his fellow nominee, Lesley Manville for Best Supporting Actress. It wouldn’t go to Johnny Greenwood for Best Original Musical Score or Paul Thomas Anderson for Best Directing. Nor would it receive the big award for Best Picture. It’s win was given to Mark Bridges for Best Costume Design…and rightfully so.

Phantom Thread, a story about an exquisite dressmaker/long-time bachelor who meets a waitress and falls in love with her, is one of the best films I’ve ever seen and doesn’t get enough praise for its astounding achievement in quality movie making. However, one of its most engaging aspects are the beautiful outfits each character, small or major, wear in this film.

There is, of course, the obvious reason why Mark Bridges won for Best Costume Design when you see the stunning work he put into creating these dresses which transform Vicky Krieps’ plain Alma into a beautiful, elegant woman who can be easily deemed a head turner. But there is more to the costumes than just the extravagant dresses Reynold Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) puts his line of models in.


You have the simpler designs for Woodcock and Alma when they take strolls on frigid mornings in the United Kingdom clad reasonably in thick coats that make you feel warmer just looking at them.


Reynolds Woodcock is a sharp man himself with his various looks that immediately state his attention to detail and love for style. (Another gorgeous dress!)


And let us not forget Woodcock’s stern but caring sister, Cyril, who manages to look just as elegant but still emanate authority in these curt black dresses.

Phantom Thread is a delight of a movie. It is a film unlike any other I have ever seen with a plot that twists and turns and leaves you unable to determine how it will all conclude. And at its center lies these eye-catching costumes that left me impressed even to this day.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day.


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