Cinema Aesthetic: Ghost World

January 10, 2008


**This is a new series on stylealchemy, titled Cinema Aesthetic, which explores the importance of wardrobe and set design within film (mostly) but may include music video and television**

I’ll be the first to admit that I am a sucker for sweeping, historical dramas with elaborate costumes with corsetry and bustles galore but great costume design doesn’t always have to involve another century. Ghost World is one of my favorite movies and I adore its amazing eye candy in terms of setting. The dialogue is perfect for these complex characters who are truly quirky and the props and clothing contributes to their off-beat vibe.

For me, Enid (Thora Birch) is the perfect vehicle for that outsider who just doesn’t know what she wants and doesn’t quite fit in with everyone else. Her clothes are a collection of odds and ends from the thrift store, she wears vintage frames, little girl barrettes in her hair as she searches garage sales for music to listen to on her record player. You immediately understand that she isn’t pretentious, this is who she is. Costume Designer, Mary Zophres does the impressive job of helping to create this illusion of those who are on the fringe with the main characters and the normalcy of everyone else.

Struggling to find a way to relate to everyone else when others don’t get you, you start to collect a menagerie of like-minded individuals. Enter all the other folks like Seymour (the wonderful Steve Buscemi) as the eccentric older loser with the enviable vinyl collection of 78″ records and a cool apartment. Seymour has a sad, nerdy quality which is emphasized by his clothes or lack there of style. Best friend, Rebecca who is slowly becoming more interested in moving away from this scene and other characters help to round out this movie which has both its funny and depressing moments.

Ghost World

Ghost World

Ghost World

Ghost World

Ghost World

Ghost World

Ghost World

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Here is a short trailer of this little gem.

Ghost World

♥ the alchemist

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    7 Comments
      lady coveted Jan 10, 2008

      oh my god… i loved this movie, it captured my feelings of total loss of direction after i graduated high school.

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      heather Jan 12, 2008

      I love this movie! Have you read the book? I think a polo dress printed with the artwork would be the ULTIMATE tribute… with some Doc Martens… oh yeah!

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      bobble-bee Jan 14, 2008

      THANKS millions for starting this new series and starting this series with such a wonderful movie. I look forward new entries!

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      thealchemist Jan 14, 2008

      lady coveted: this feeling didn’t hit me right after graduation but it did happen at some point and i think that’s why people really respond to this movie.

      heather: no, i haven’t read it…but everyone who has tells me that its the best. that would be a great tribute. hmm…

      bobble-bee: hey! there are many more in the works! i’m really excited about it. the series actually started last week with sweeney todd, there’s a great behind the scenes video with colleen atwood in it.

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      bobble-bee Jan 18, 2008

      oh! i thought this was the first post… oops… im going to check this sweeney todd right now!

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      talapoku Aug 06, 2008

      In your opinion, what’s the best movie ever created?

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      chris182 Jan 19, 2009

      haha – i watched this movie at 4 in the morning after getting baked, and i thought it was amazing :)

      Reply

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