**This is our weekly 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**
Well, it had to happen. Let the period costume pieces commence! The Prestige has all the requisites for a visually appealing film. With a plot focused on magicians and that fiercely private world, there should be plenty to absorb. Having spent time in drama class and acting on the stage, there is something energizing about this performing environment. What the audience sees is one-tenth of what is happening behind the scenes.
In this film, the plot is driven like the specific parts of a magic trick. The “pledge” is where the magician sets up the trick by showing the audience something ordinary. Then begins the performance or “the turn” where the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Finally, the “prestige” is revealed where the effect of the illusion is made known. Robet Angier (Hugh Jackmna) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) are rivaling magicians striving to be the best and out-perform the other.
Costume designer, Joan Bergin created so many delectable outfits staying true to the era with tailored menswear, waistcoats and top hats! Which I have a never-ending love for.
Here’s a little-behind-the-scenes action for you!
♥ the alchemist
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