This blog post is a little different to what I usually post-but a very exciting one nonetheless. Last week I was asked to style up two girls in the style of Margot Robbie’s character Sharon Tate in the film Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.
Now, if you’ve not seen the film, it’s Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film (one of my favourite filmmakers ever) starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie. Set in Hollywood, LA in 1969 when the times are changing, Hollywood was between eras. , Margot Robbie plays Sharon Tate, the beautiful up-and-coming movie star living next door to Rick Dalton (Leo). If you are familiar with Sharon Tate you know she was one of Hollywood’s style icons in the 60s and costume designer Arianne Phillips pays homage to that.
I was asked to create four looks based on the character from the film, two day and two evening. Obviously being a vintage storeowner this is right up my street. As you know I specialise in 60s and 70s vintage stock so this was pretty much a dream job for me. I took inspiration from Arianne who used lots of yellow and orange-very Californian and very 60s inspired.
Photos courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
The two day looks were based on the iconic mini skirt and polo neck Sharon Tate wore ( Margot Robbie wearing this to the cinema in the film) and the simple t-shirt and shorts she wears when she was dancing in her bedroom. I did opt for jeans though as it is December!
These are the two day looks I created, and we shot them on the iconic Carnaby Street in London. I tried to use vintage as much as possible to style the girls to keep it true to style. On Kiera, she is wearing a vintage black knit polo neck and white leather mini skirt, necklace from Two Feathers and white knee high 60s style boots from Jonak. Margot is wearing a yellow striped t-shirt from ASOS and vintage flared jeans with Kooples tan leather boots. I thought they both looked so great in the clothes.
Pics courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment/pinterest.
For the evening looks, of course I had to recreate the iconic snakeskin trench look that both Sharon Tate wore, (to the premiere of Rosemary’s Baby) and Margot Robbie wears to a party in the film. The coat was originally made by Ossie Clark and it was recreated for the film. I absolutely love this floor length snakeskin patterned coat and it’s recreation – it’s one of my favourite looks from the film., This was one of my favourite looks to style up.
I found a beautiful snakeskin trench for Kiera from Mint Velvet and paired it with some brown knee high boots from Bobbies, with a vintage headscarf wrapped around her head, just like Margot had. Underneath I chose a 60s style dress from Realisation Par in the classic 60s yellow colour (, very similar to the yellow two piece worn in the film), with a turquoise squash blossom style necklace from Two Feathers. On Margot I dressed her in a 60s brown yellow and orange dress, drawing through the classic 60s californian colours and the colours from Kiera’s head scarf and she is wearing the 60s white Jonak boots. We shot these on Hollywood Road and in the beautiful Hollywood Arms – in the Boulevard bar – -the perfect decadent background for the evening looks.
I had so much fun recreating these iconic looks from the film, it was such an amazing experience to be able to do this and create a fun 60s Hollywood look book to celebrate the home entertainment release. My dream day basically. I would love to know what you think of the looks and if you haven’t seen the film, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood is out now to download & keep or own on, 4K UltraHD, Blu-ray and DVD.
Hair and Make up: Pamela & Andrea Make Up
Stylist : me
Photographer: Sophie Anneliese