A Very Long Engagement (2004) short review

WOW.  SO GOOD.  Not only a wonderful, magical, sad story from the director of Amelie, but the costumes were Spot On Perfect.  We move between 1917 and 1920 as Mathilde searches for her fiance Manech, who went missing during World War I. So many things made me happy I can’t list them all.  Mathilde’s wardrobe moves from late teens to proto-1920s, with those perfect natural-waisted suits, beautiful sheer blouses with wide collars and tucks/embroidery/trims.  I also really liked that Mathilde’s aunt (an older and larger woman) in the 1920s scenes sticks with a late 1910s silhouette.  Go!  See it!


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Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

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