I watched American Hustle a while ago. When I went to the theater, I didn't know the premise and didn't know what to expect. Here's the American Hustle official trailer for those not familiar:
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper share the screen alongside Amy Adams and Christian Bale in American Hustle.
The film tells the story of a pair of con artists (Bale and Adams) forced to work for a cocky FBI agent (Cooper) bent on bringing down powerbrokers and politicians.
The film opens with the late 1970s Columbia Pictures logo (cute bit of vintage trivia). An opening title card states, "Some of this actually happened" followed by "April 28, 1978 Plaza Hotel, New York". Then I REALLY got excited.
I am kind of obsessed with the fashion era of the late 70s to 80s. Think more "Studio 54" and less cheesy bell-bottoms. I gain inspiration to no end from my personal collection of vintage Vogue magazines from these decades!
I have to say, not only was the film extremely entertaining, American Hustle knocked the costumes out of the park! Every time there was a costume change, I kept thinking...timeless, sophisticated and just the right amount of sexy...Everything I love about this era!
The film's costume designer, Los Angeles-based Australian Michael Wilkinson, had the task of bringing the best of this era to the big screen. In interpreting the characters, he states "The characters are wholly unique and wildly imaginative. In the script, there were a lot of opportunities to explore different social backgrounds, from the vibrant, racially diverse world of blue-collar Jersey to ultra-fashionable Upper East Side Manhattan to the sprawling suburbs of Long Island. 1978 - the year the film takes place - is a fascinating year, because it marks the beginning of a transition away from a truly flamboyant, exaggerated lines of the 1970s and into a more streamlined, early 80s vibe."