Friday, 7 December 2012


Maybe I have been through this before. If so, sorry. When looking at movies, two things date them very quickly.

First: style of acting. When you watch an old movie, the star often looks like he could have made the movie yesterday; but it seems crazy that the supporting players were ever cast in anything. Acting goes in fashions and styles. Stars are always in style, because they are stars, but bit-players tend to act in fashion. Watching House of Cards, which is recent, it was striking that so many of the actors were wooden, weird and dated.

Second: hair. This is true even of period drama. Stylists sort of think they are doing period hair, but what they are doing is the currently fashionable version of it. It is seldom more obvious than in the above poster, but it is always obvious.

Stylists are a certain kind of person, and not a bad kind. They want people to look good and fashionable. Not many of them can see completely past this. Another for example: I was watching the first episode of Misfits the other day. The boy who is supposed to be geeky has what is really an incredibly fashionable Hoxton version of geeky.


1 comment:

Julia Wainwright said...

Stylists sort of think they are doing period hair, but what they are doing is the currently fashionable version of it.

Yes! I've always enjoyed spotting fashion giveaways in period films and TV. Hair is most obvious, but you can see it in the makeup and 'period' clothes too.