The Age of Adaline (2015) stars Blake Lively, current lifestyle brand guru, previous sister of the Travelling Pants, and Michiel Huisman, everybody’s favorite hipster hottie (Game of Thrones, Orphan Black, Nashville), in a movie about a woman who stops aging. The story is primarily set in the present day, as Adaline (Lively) meets Ellis (Huisman) and has to decide whether to protect herself/run away the way she always has or take a chance on love. In flashbacks, we learn her story: she was born in 1906, got married in 1931, has a daughter, then in a freak accident when she is 29, stops aging. (And somewhere along the way, her husband dies — maybe in WWII? I forget!)
The story tries to be a sadder version of Amelie, complete with helpful narrator explaining what’s going on. Blake Lively gives a pretty good performance — she tries to project both wisdom and resignation, although she can sometimes come off a little too precious. Huisman is, as always, hot in that modern hipster beardie way (although thank god, there’s no man buns!).
And she has a PUPPY, who is elderly and super sweet, and I want to love him.
But let’s talk costumes, eh?
Costumes in The Age of Adaline
The costumes were designed by Angus Strathie, although apparently Blake Lively was “instrumental” in their design.
Like I said, most of the film is set in the contemporary era. What’s nice is that Adaline’s wardrobe (and hair) are very vintage-inspired. You can see that all of her style references are from the past, and it makes for a lovely wardrobe for those of us who like vintage styles. According to the costume designer, they frequently mixed vintage pieces — for example, a jacket from the 1920s worn with a 1960s skirt and sweater, plus a 1940s handbag (Blake Lively’s Age of Adaline Wardrobe: Those Turtlenecks Were Her Idea).
That being said, she is AWFULLY GLAMOROUS for someone who is trying to fade into the woodwork. And, who lives in modern-day San Francisco, but whose job is as a volunteer at the historical society. There are some scenes showing her taking charge of her investments, so maybe she’s got a nice nest egg. But still. Your average 29-year-old doesn’t own evening gowns like these:
What’s funny is that Lively was quoted as saying,
“The honesty in it, the history in it was really important because we could’ve actually had even more fabulous costumes if we were just purely making a movie from a wardrobe perspective … But we really wanted to be honest and true, and what would this woman be able to actually afford?” Blake Lively Was Instrumental in Designing the Stunning ‘Age of Adaline’ Costumes
The flashback outfits are all great, however:
According to Strathie, “It was Blake’s idea to include a number of classic turtlenecks in Adaline’s wardrobe … And it was a good idea! It aged her in a good way by making her look a little conservative and covered up.” Blake Lively’s Age of Adaline Wardrobe: Those Turtlenecks Were Her Idea
There’s a nice video interview with costume designer Angus Strathie that you should also check out, if you’re interested.