I thought I’d shake things up a bit for today’s Man Candy Monday, and focus on some behind the scenes work done by Stephen Miles. I can’t remember when it was that I realized his name kept coming up in relation to all these films I loved, but at some point I sat down and actually listed them all out. He’s worked either as the principle designer or assistant designer (frequently with James Acheson, Jenny Beavan, and Phyllis Dalton, to name a few) on many of our favorite costume flicks over the years. In all likelihood, he’s probably one of the people most directly responsible for the physical realization of the designs than the actual designers are. Really, though, it’s just a good excuse to revisit some of our favorite films over the years, since Miles’ name turns up over and over in the credits on these flicks.
Yeah, I know, it’s a bit more of a fantasy than strictly historical, but the historical costumes were typically on point when they needed to be.
The Rainbow (1989)
I don’t know why, I’m a little surprised that we haven’t covered this flick yet.
Such an excellent film, with costume design by Phyllis Dalton. Stephen Miles was the assistant designer.
Another collab with Phyllis Dalton, this film is chock full of beautiful people and witty banter, surrounded by amazing Tuscan scenery.
The costumes in this film are superb and hold up even 25 years later.
One of my top favorite cozy films with fabulous costumes. Plus, it co-stars Anjelica Huston, which should be enough reasons for anyone to just watch and enjoy.
“Beautiful and sad” is basically the take away. Which is probably why none of us have rushed out to review it, aside from the short review Kendra did ages ago. Miles assisted costume designer John Bright on this film.
Starring Liv Tyler and Ralph Fiennes, the costume designs (by John Bright) are amazing. The only reason I can think of that we haven’t done a full review yet is, once again, it’s depressing AF.
I will cop to loving this film when it came out, but over the years I’ve gotten more and more uncomfortable when looking at the over all theme (white lady comes to foreign land and teaches non-white people important life lessons), the history of the story itself (at best it was significantly embellished, at worst totally made up), the actual issues that the filmmaker went through to get the film made (pissing off the entire country of Thailand in the process), and the “well, he’s Chinese so that’s sort of like he’s Thai, right?” casting of Chow Yun-Fat (who I adore in general, don’t get me wrong). At least the costumes are gorgeous, right?
We need to do a full review of this film, dammit. I’m actually making a note to watch it in the next week, because the costumes are SO good, and the film is just bloody fantastic on top of it all.
Fabulous hair, fabulous cast, costumes designed by Jenny Beavan … but in the end, the book is better.
Excellent example of Regency costuming that isn’t just little white dresses. Stephen Miles is uncredited as costume assistant on the film, with costumes designed by Jenny Beavan.
Time traveling movies are just never that great at the end of the day.
I’ve only ever watched the last 30 minutes of this film, and I will say, I was impressed with the costumes. It’s mostly repurposed saris, but it’s also really pretty. Stephen Miles assisted Jenny Beavan on this film.
Let’s be real clear here. There’s very little I won’t watch Heath Ledger in.
The Black Dahlia (2006)
We haven’t gotten around to doing a dedicated review for this film yet, but the costumes I’ve seen look amazing, which, duh, it’s Jenny Beavan again.
We had some problems with this film. But they weren’t costume related.
Hey, remember when we had a podcast? Yeah, that was a whole thing once. Overall, we weren’t thrilled with the costumes despite a handful of good things to point out, like this costume on Princess Mary.
Generally, we don’t cover World War II movies because, well, there’s a bunch of reasons why. Go read the post about it. But this film has great costumes by Jenny Beavan, and stars Daniel Craig which is reason enough to watch any film, really.
I enjoyed the heck out of this movie. Really, that’s all there is to it.
Costume perfection for the 1840s, with designs by… you guessed it, Jenny Beavan. Stephen Miles is listed as a principle costume maker for the series.